Minneapolis police trying to up returns on stolen bicycles

Minneapolis police trying to up returns on stolen bicycles
Photo: Thirteen Of Clubs via Flickr Creative Commons

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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