5 Things To Do When Your Bike is Stolen
Bike theft is stressful for anyone, whether you use your bike as a primary form of transportation, or enjoy recreational bicycling. Luckily, having a bike stolen isn’t a hopeless situation, and if you act fast, you may be able to recover it after all!
Here are 5 things you should do when you discover your bike has been stolen.
Trace the Footage
This isn’t the case for everyone who has to deal with a stolen bike, but sometimes there are nearby surveillance cameras that capture the incident as it unfolds. If your bike gets stolen in a public area outside of a local business, you may be able to inquire about the security footage and find out who took your bike.
Begin the Physical Search
If the bike was stolen recently, start looking immediately at the surrounding areas to find it. Visit pawn shops, flea markets, and nearby public bike racks, and you may just recover your stolen bike. If you do find it, be sure to let the police know and file a claim with them. They may be able to guide you on how to proceed to recover your stolen property.
Tell Your Network
When in doubt, look to your network for help. Post to a local social media group and tell your friends to share the news. Include a photo and the exact dimensions of your bike to ensure that you have a higher chance of recovering it.
File a Police Report and Insurance Claim
If you immediately report your stolen bike to local police and file an insurance claim, there’s a greater chance that the police will be able to recover your bike. Filing a claim will also help you to replace the bike in case it cannot be recovered.
Use BoardLoch’s Security Locks
Finally, ensure your bike is locked up and protected to reduce the possibility of bike theft altogether. Using BoardLoch’s patented bike racks adds essential protection to your bike.
Our heavy-duty, patented design with tamper-resistant hardware will meet your security needs to store your bike safely and efficiently.