Stolen bike

by turnerc99   October 28, 2013  

Does anyone know anywhere that I can log details of my stolen bike? I'm going to keep an eye on ebay and gumtree etc. but I didn't know if there's anywhere I can post the details so that people can be on the lookout for it.

TIA

Chris

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Immobilise is the official police database - get it up on there if you haven't already. You might need a record of your serial number. If you don't have that, the shop where you bought it might be able to help.

https://www.immobilise.com/index.php

posted by Mr Agreeable [119 posts]
28th October 2013 - 12:21

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Please ensure the first place is the local police station. Take a picture if you have one and your serial numbers. Get them to record the crime and then the details should be saved and searchable locally by the police.

Secondly, if not done so already, go to immobilise.com. It's a free site and you can sign up, add pictures descriptions and serial number details and then mark it as stolen. Immobilise is accessible to all UK police forces via theNMPR ( the property Police national computer). If anyone is stopped on your bike and serial numbers checked it will flag up times dates and contact details of you and when it was stolen.

Further to that, the police won't conduct these enquiries ( I wouldn't explain why in this post as it would be superfluous to what you've asked) but check gumtree ebay loot etc and set up alerts for bikes up for sale. Also check local bike shops and repair shops.

Other than that hope your bike is recovered by the police. Either stopping someone on it or being found during a house search.

posted by Sswindells [13 posts]
28th October 2013 - 12:24

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There are also a few websites where you can report stolen bikes - try Stolen Bikes UK:

http://stolen-bikes.co.uk/

BikeRegister:

https://www.bikeregister.com/

And there may be a local one for your area - there's definitely one for London, and I run one for Bristol. Get a distinctive description of the bike up on as many forums as you can (like this one for example!), and leave your contact details (set up a dedicated Gmail address if you prefer) so people can get in touch with potential sightings.

posted by Mr Agreeable [119 posts]
28th October 2013 - 12:25

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Bikeradar's Road Stolen forum:
http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=40027
There are a couple of sticky posts there that might be of us.

If watching ebay I'd suggest you browse the bikes section then sort by distance, nearest first. The tealeaf may not put the brand or model, just some nondescript term like "racing bike". They may also not list it for a few weeks in the hope that you've given up by then.

Is there a local 'for sale' group on Facebook where you are? If so then keep an eye on that too.

And buy a baseball bat.

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posted by Simon E [1872 posts]
28th October 2013 - 13:09

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All excellent suggestions - thank you all. I've reported it to the police and I've got a crime reference number...I was just looking for possible places to log it in case anyone spots it. Thanks again - if I get it back I'll post here to let you know.

posted by turnerc99 [51 posts]
28th October 2013 - 13:57

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http://stolen-bikes.co.uk/ was mentioned on a BBC1 programme that discussed bike theft in the West Midlands. Apparently the site was created by someone who had his own bike nicked.

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posted by Simon E [1872 posts]
29th October 2013 - 14:15

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possible places to log it in case anyone spots it

Remember to set up an auto alert on google and on ebay, and gumtree if htey do such things.

posted by vbvb [211 posts]
30th October 2013 - 1:10

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