It really bugs me.


The police just don't give a damn anymore about stolen bikes.


I had a vintage unit over 50 years old taken from my yard.


Go to the police station and the yard is full of bikes.  They auction them off so what do they care about returning them to the rightful owners or trying to find the rightful owner.

If you go to your insurance company there is a Five Hundred Dollar deductible so not much help there either.


Now the thieves know all this and act accordingly.


Now when I was growing up we had to buy a license for the bicycle and a license plate was required.  The serial number was recorded at City Hall.  If you got caught driving a bike without a plate, you were charged with theft.  If you filed off the serial number you were also charged.


It's time to bring the license back..






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Comment by Geezerchick on August 19, 2011 at 9:20am
I gotta share my story. I got hit by a car while biking.  I was taken to the hospital. The police took my bike to police headquarters for safe keeping.  It was stolen from the Police HQ, and I had to pay $25 for a copy of the theft report so I could claim the bike as a loss from the accident.
Comment by Werner on August 18, 2011 at 6:17pm

No Joe, that's not what I was implying, I wrote that for the victim its probably not a trivial issue, however in the grand scheme of things it is relatively minor for the police, they usually have much bigger fish to fry.

Usually in our area bikes are stolen by kids, they joy ride them and them dump them somewhere, often into the river. If someone has an expensive bike, I would hope that they would take measures to minimize the risk of theft, such as a proper locking system and to lock the bike up in a shed, garage or dwelling at home. You might know where the S/N is, but I'm sure the majority of people would not know and if they do, what are the odds they have it recorded anywhere.

In my opinion, suggesting that the cops spend more time eating donuts and drinking coffee than to pursue criminals is ridiculous.

I'm not a cop, nor is any member of my family, however I have a lot of respect for the profession, its one of the toughest and takes a very special person  to handle the kind of things they see and deal with on a daily bases

I'm all for licensing bikes, it will however not eliminate theft, but might reduce it, to what extend, who know.

Comment by Joe Blow on August 18, 2011 at 4:27pm

From Werner:

they usually have much bigger issues to deal with than a relatively trivial stolen bike, I realize that for the victim it is probably not trivial, but that's the way it is.


You mean if someone stole anywhere from $100.00 to $800.00 from you,, you would consider it trivial?


Some bikes are worth more than my car.


I know where the serial number is.  The thieves know how to file it off.


Theres's not much the police can do because they are too busy?


So do you think they will cancel their coffee and doughnuts breaks?


As I said before.  Bring back the licensing of bikes and charge anyone who files off a serial number or doesn't register their bike and get a license.


That's the way they used to do it and it worked.


Comment by Steve S on August 15, 2011 at 6:12pm

I may have mislead you.


Bicycle theft is a crime in the law books, but it isn't enforced.

Comment by Werner on August 14, 2011 at 8:19pm
Problem is, Steve, Canada is the land of the hug a thug justice system, where sometime even thirty strikes don't mean anything, never mind 3.
Comment by Steve S on August 14, 2011 at 6:11pm

Many bicycles sell for over $2,000 US. In California, any theft of over $950 value is Grand theft, a felony.


The attitude that bicycle theft is "trivial" is counter to the law and the facts.


This is a common felony that is simply not enforced.

Comment by Werner on August 14, 2011 at 5:17pm
Its not that the cops don't give a damn, unfortunately there is nothing to trace the owner, since the vast majority of owners wouldn't even know where the serial number is, never mind registering it (if even possible). Unless someone can recognise their bike from the pile of stolen ones and have some kind of proof of ownership, there's not much the cops can do and unfortunately they usually have much bigger issues to deal with than a relatively trivial stolen bike, I realize that for the victim it is probably not trivial, but that's the way it is.
Comment by Linda Seccaspina on August 14, 2011 at 3:26pm

Its not liek the old days is it Joe?

It just kills me how brazen people are..



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