"With all the stolen bike posts lately (and no one thinking "I wonder if there's something under Useful Links for this."), I think it's well past time to make a sticky about the Stolen Bike Registry"
- Tank-Ridin' Ryan
Well said Ryan.
Done and done.
And sticky too.
Cheers - Lee Diamond
My husband’s bike was stolen last night near Illinois and Lakeshore. It’s a bright blue Trek 1.2 road bike with blue handlebar tape. Here’s the listing on the stolen bike site - appreciate any leads!
chicago.stolenbike.org seems to be down. Unfortunately, I have a report to enter...
While I await the resuscitation of that site, here are the details:
Linus mixte - light blue, rear rack with one blue Ortlieb pannier, Spurcycle bell near the left grip, Kryptonite lock strapped to the rack. Purchased at JC Lind a few years ago (has a sticker on it, I think). Was probably stolen from our garage in Evanston sometime yesterday. My wife remembers riding it Thursday to and from her mom's, but not yesterday. It's likely that she had the garage door open going back and forth working on a project (saws are in the garage). Nothing else was taken that we can see. Bike helmet was left in the garage.
Crisis averted. It turns out a nephew borrowed it and didn't bother to tell us. Our sister-in-law only discovered the bike in their (unlocked) garage today and let my wife know. All's well that ends well.
Sadly adding my beloved Jamie to this list:
The CX bike was stolen downtown between 11:45am and 4pm-ish, despite my ABUS Mobile Security Bordo lock. Small Giant Brava bike in pink/white/black with bike rack, pink bar tape & pedals and -like all my bikes - some stickers & tchotchkes. Rear wheel locked with locking skewer. Theft report is filed, and bike is registered with BikeIndex. Please keep your eyes open and let me know of anything else I could/should be doing!
Jasmin, check out the swaporama listed in this thread. I and others recovered and returned stolen bikes to their original owners that were located there. I had a bike stolen years ago and wish I did that. Take a copy of your purchase receipt and pictures of your bike should you need assistance from local security there.
Alleged Bike Thief Downtown Chicago - LaSalle and Division
sharing a recent post from Craigslist:
I'm new to the group. My Trek 8.4 DS was stolen yesterday right off of Wacker Drive (211 West Wacker). Security camera in my office building caught the guy, he was hanging in the building lobby for a good 15 minutes before walking to the bike like it was his, used a small saw and cut the U-Lock off.
This guy was pretty heft, had a polo and pants on and a messenger style bag. Looks like he works in the area.
Are there any solid GPS tags that one can use, such "Find my iPhone" but for bikes? Also, theft-deterrents like skunklock?
I hope this guy who stole my bike falls in traffic.
This is sad, people need to be more aware.