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First of all, I want to thank all of you for your well wishes when you heard I got my bike stolen.  The bike community honestly is like a family.  All the people who offered help and support, thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

As some of you know, I'm pretty short, so losing this bike was devastating to me since it's the first bike I've ever owned that actually fit me. I have several other bikes, but none of them fit me like this one does. It's a 39 cm frame with 24 inch wheels.

 

Now on to the  recovery story....

 

My bike was stolen Friday afternoon outside my office in Lincoln Park.  No  cut u lock, no signs of the rack being compromised. I honestly thought that maybe I hadn't rode in that day.... but I had my helmet and rain pants so I know I wasn't going crazy.

 

Immediately I filed a police report over the phone, added it to the stolen bike reg and sent emails to friends.

 

Yesterday a few people checked out the swap on the s side with no luck.

 

This morning I headed back there with a couple of friends.

 

Within 5 minutes I saw the bike, we called the cops and they recovered the bike for me.  No arrests.

 

My fenders and rack were missing (which had numerous stickers) but besides that, mommy and baby are reunited.

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Of course Julie cant let us all down now. 

 

She has to win the first cyclocoss race of the season now that she has her bike back!  ;0)

and another cool thing : I paid the admission price for the three of us to enter ($2.00 X 3); and on the

way out it was suggested to request that we get if refunded; and after bickering back and forth;

the 2 CPD officers persuaded the (off-duty CPD) security guard to give is our entry fee back. Sure...

it was only $6.00 - the the sheer principal of having to pay (which supports these thieves and fencers)

just to find and recover stolen goods seemed all wrong.

 

DB

I'd love to see a detailed best-practice step-list posted online that someone might follow to recover a stolen bike.  Something like:

 

0. Today: Register bike at...; Take pictures of your bike in it's present form.

1. Upon bike being stolen: Note locking location of stolen bike. Recover any parts/locks left behind.

2. File police report at ... or by calling ... or by visiting...

3. File report at Stolen Bike Registry

4. Post missing bike on Craigslist & monitor for ads

5. Post to social media: the chainlink, CCM listserv, etc.

6. Check swap meets, flea markets, etc. located at ...; Best times to check are...

7. Etc.

 

Maybe this has been done already, and I haven't seen it.

 

I'm thrilled you got your bike back, Julie.

Great news Julie!!

 

Btw was it clear how the bike was stolen? Ulock clipped? lock picked?

I'm a fan of BikeRegistry.com since they are a free service to all and are run by Goodwill Industries (they don't advertise this on their site anywhere.)  They even sell very low-cost identification sticker kits that you can register with your free account (sticky ones that are really hard to get off) if you want to go that route.  

 

I looked around at the other options and they all seem to be corporate money-grubbers with high fees compared to FREE.

 

I have all my bikes registered there with pictures as well as detailed descriptions/sizes/serial numbers and a complete listing of all components and other identifying features and accessories. 

mindfrieze said:

I'd love to see a detailed best-practice step-list posted online that someone might follow to recover a stolen bike.  Something like:

 

0. Today: Register bike at...; Take pictures of your bike in it's present form.

 

This is a good list so far!

 

I'm working on writing up something since I was bike theft victim back in the Fall.  I should have something by the end of the week that I'll probably post on my blog, but will make available if anyone wants to repost it.  While bikes are certainly stolen in the winter, it's going to get much more prevelant as the weatehr warms up.

mindfrieze said:

I'd love to see a detailed best-practice step-list posted online that someone might follow to recover a stolen bike.  Something like:

 

0. Today: Register bike at...; Take pictures of your bike in it's present form.

1. Upon bike being stolen: Note locking location of stolen bike. Recover any parts/locks left behind.

2. File police report at ... or by calling ... or by visiting...

3. File report at Stolen Bike Registry

4. Post missing bike on Craigslist & monitor for ads

5. Post to social media: the chainlink, CCM listserv, etc.

6. Check swap meets, flea markets, etc. located at ...; Best times to check are...

7. Etc.

 

Maybe this has been done already, and I haven't seen it.

 

I'm thrilled you got your bike back, Julie.

Oh...and here is my post on the different things I did when my bike was stolen.  Unfortunately, I didn't have as happy of an ending, though I do love my new bike:  http://www.balloonbiker.com/biking/stolen-bike-advice/

Ha! Ha! Good one, AKA PAUL--She has to win the first cyclocoss race of the season now that she has her bike back!  ;0) Fabulous news, Julie!


I think when a full list of what to do to register your bike, id it, etc., is comprised, it should be tacked to the top of the forum. At this point, all I really have are photos of my bikes and I'd like to know how to better ensure that someone who steals one can't claim it's not mine.

Hey ladies -

 

Grrr.. I didn't read all the way through these responses last night or I would have written a better blog post for today. I put up a post on my blog about the recent Dutch bike thefts (Vince's and Jay's) and then balanced that sad news with the good news that Julie's was recovered, with a happy picture of Julie and her bike courtesy of Martha Williams.  But the list of 'what to do' would be an awesome addition! Jami and Holly, let me know when/if you post anything on your own blogs so I can reference. If you want to guest post on my blog too. that would be cool. I think I'm going to gather up my few posts on bike locks, bike thefts, and bike security into their own little category. Sorry to say that the # of posts related to that has grown. :-(

 

Oh! And I see you already did that Jami.. well.. I'll have to link to it!

I am not sure if the Bike Winter blog is the place for the list.  I'd love to see the list tacked here at CL for easy reference. I haven't had the misfortunate of being ripped off, so I'd love to see a list of "What to do before it happens" since my organizational skills are lacking and I need to get on that!

 

I can't believe those two Dutch bikes were stolen. They're so beautiful and I'm willing to be the thieves are clueless about what they took.

 

 

I added a forum discussion for things one can do to establish ownership and register their bike:  http://www.thechainlink.org/forum/topics/checklist-for-bike-ownership

 

 

Agreed-- we can create a page on the CSBR with links to various resources on what  to do when your bike is stolen, and link to it from the front page.

Need to make sure everyone knows though-- we're working on adding a registration feature to the CSBR-- working out the kinks right now-- I wonder if I could ask people to hold off on finalizing whatever resourced they're putting together until we're live with that?



Cameron Puetz said:

There are a couple of links on the welcome screen of the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry, that would seem to me like the most logical place for such a list.

Holly said:

I am not sure if the Bike Winter blog is the place for the list.  I'd love to see the list tacked here at CL for easy reference. I haven't had the misfortunate of being ripped off, so I'd love to see a list of "What to do before it happens" since my organizational skills are lacking and I need to get on that!

 

I can't believe those two Dutch bikes were stolen. They're so beautiful and I'm willing to be the thieves are clueless about what they took.

 

 

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