Use the form below to report a stolen bike.
Once your bike is listed, it will automatically be registered in a database of stolen bikes in the LA area, making the details available to any bike shop, pawn shop, police department or private buyer using the BikeIndex.org database.
It’s a free service from Bike Index, and only takes a few minutes. And could be your best bet for recovering a stolen bike..
Please note: this registry is purely a community effort, and not affiliated with law enforcement. If your bike is stolen, you should always report it to the local police first, and note your case number in the form below when reporting the theft to Bike Index.
If your bike is stolen —
1. Contact the police and file a report. Sometimes they will try to discourage you from filing a theft report, but insist on it.
2. Register your stolen bike with Bike Index using the form above.
3. Contact your insurance agent. If you have homeowners or renters insurance, your bike should be covered if the value exceed the deductible.
4. Scour Craigslist, eBay and the Penny Saver for any bike that matches the description. And look at other nearby areas; thieves will often move a hot bike out of the area where it’s less likely to be recognized, or hold it for a few weeks until the heat is off.
5. Visit local bike shops in your area and ask them to be on the lookout for your bike. Thieves will often take a stolen bike into a shop for repairs or to try to sell it.
6. Check out garage sales and street vendors in the area, and tell everyone you know to keep an eye open for someone riding your bike or parked on the street.
7. If you find your bike, whether online or in person, call the police and let them deal with it. While there are many stories of people who’ve recovered their own bikes, there are just as many of people who’ve gotten in over their heads; no matter what your bike cost, your safety is worth more.