Minneapolis police trying to up returns on stolen bicycles

Categories: Bicycle
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The Minneapolis Police Department introduced a new bike registration program today designed to link stolen cycles to their owners.

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In one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, bicycle theft is an ever-prevalent threat. Every year, thousands of bikes are reported stolen in Minneapolis. Plenty more disappear and never make it into a police report, either because the owner doesn't know the bike's serial number, or because it seems like a futile endeavor to call it in.

But police say many stolen bikes are actually recovered each year, and they have no way of tracking down the original owner, so only a small percentage make it home.

With the new system, bicyclists can now register their bike's serial number, make, and model. If a stolen bike is found, the theory goes, police will easily be able to identify the owner and return the bike.

You can register your ride here for free.

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CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

It's about time we went back to requiring bicycle licenses to help pay for this enforcement. (Yes I ride my commute to work. depending on weather)

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Wait...so what good was providing the serial number in the police report when my bike was stolen last year? Did the cops just crumple it up and toss it?

Matt Connell
Matt Connell

I once had my bike stolen at MCTC, then saw the dude riding it down the street two weeks later. Chased him, called the cops, and got it back. Dude was wearing a big gold cross when they busted him.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

this is new?  fkn pigs  DOWN WITH POLICE

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