Report A Stolen Bike

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.

In addition, a notice will go out on the BikinginLA Twitter and Facebook accounts to alert the cycling community to be on the lookout for your bike.

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.

 

14 comments

  1. Rodensa says:

    Vintage Nishiki Century Mixte (from the 80’s), steel frame, brand new derailler, purple brake cables, cork grips.

  2. Elizabeth Acosta says:

    The Granite Peak Roadmaster 26-inch Men’s Mountain Bike. 18 speed Black with granite peaks writen on the body of the bike in red and silver.

    • bikinginla says:

      Rodensa, Elizabeth, you need to fill out the form above, rather than listing the bike here in the comment. That will add it to the register of stolen bikes, and send a notice out on Twitter.

  3. mark hagerty says:

    brand new mens blue beach cruiser Schwinn w white wall tires

  4. Rayan Mufti says:

    I will reward who finds it in one piece with 150$

  5. Niloofar darvish says:

    Trek Hybrid silver brand new only a week since purchase

  6. Alicia says:

    Light Green Beach cruiser stolen!

  7. Evan Burke says:

    Hey! La! You’re rad. Thanks for robbing me. Please keep an eye out for my bike, please. There are many like it, but this ones is mine.
    Last seen off Wilshire and Cochran. Skinny white hipster, crappy cross and rosary tattoo on white forearm, some sort of Sanskrit tattoo on inner right wrist, Cameron Newman was the name given, could be fake. Same with his address, 760 south Cochran.
    58cm green and white Cinelli Mash Track Bike. Deda pista drop bars, some road rash on the left side, half grips on the drop. blue and black stem focus stem. Surgino 75 grand mighty cranks with super lap bottom bracket , green velocity deep v rims with dura ace hubs, black plastic platform pedals, white specialized seat and white cinelli vai seat post. Typical road rash from locking up, few stickers on it. Right side had a large tooth sticker, too tube has a vans sticker, left side has a thrasher sticker. Cinelli, mash, and Columbus decals in the rear.

    • bikinginla says:

      Hey Evan, sorry your bike was stolen. However, you need to use the form above to report your bike as stolen and add it to the database. Putting it here in the comments won’t accomplish much.

      And make sure to read the advice right underneath it on what to do if your bike is stolen. Good luck!

  8. Sam says:

    We appreciate your help in finding stolen bikes. My bike wasn’t stolen, I just wanted to thank you for helping others out

  9. Benjamin Juckes says:

    1997 red olcv 5500 carbon trek in excellent condition was stolen Sunday the 25th of September.

  10. Shaheen Dhanji says:

    I’m having trouble registering my stolen bike. Is a police report required?

  11. keith says:

    Noticing some police dept’s are “teaming up” with the bike index folks, which is surely helpful for bike recovery. Heard Santa Monica PD & West LA PD are.

    I’ve also reported obvious ‘bike shops’ to lapd such as the large one on the corner of Wilcox & Willougby, 1 neighbor reported getting their bike back after going there, believe he bought it back. They have several bikes there, mostly under tarps.

    Rarely a month goes by that our nextdoor.com group doesn’t post a few bike thefts. Just because they’re in a garage or back yard doesn’t make them theft proof. Mine – I keep them in the kitchen.

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