Lost a bike? SPD says look to Twitter with @GetYourBikeBack
From Seattle Police Department
Are you missing your bike? Then check out our newest Twitter feed, @Getyourbikeback.
Right now, SPD has about 500 “found” bikes in storage at our Evidence Warehouse. Each one of those bikes was abandoned somewhere in the city, then later recovered by officers. We may have your bike, and we’d like to reunite you with your wheels.
It’s a good bet that a number of the bikes in our warehouse were previously stolen, but owners don’t always call police to make a report. Why, you ask?
“People think that if they don’t have their bike’s serial number, they can’t make a stolen bicycle report,” says Found Property Detective Michael Whidbey. “You don’t absolutely need a serial number to get your bike back, but it does expedite the process.”
Don’t have your serial number? Then how about a sales receipt for the bike? Or a picture of your bicycle (better yet, of you riding the bike)? Can you provide a vivid description of the bike, including details about special toe clips, stickers, scratches, dents or any other unique traits your bike might have? We’ll need a bit more info than “I think that’s my missing stock black Specialized Rock Hopper.”
Starting today, we’ll be tweeting general descriptions about the most recently “found” bikes and we’ll provide updates as more bikes come in.
So, what do you do if you see a bike you think belongs to you on @GetYourBikeBack?
Editor's note: It looks like two bicycles so far were reported to have been found specifically in Ballard.
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