For many people their bike is a prized possession and losing it as a result of theft is devastating. If you’ve ever had a bike stolen you know the sense of loss you experience. It is like going through the 5 stages of grief:
1. Make a record of you bike – record the following information either on your computer or in a file in a safe place where you keep important papers.
4. Insurance – Most renter and home insurance policies cover bike theft even when you’re not at home. Check your policy and if it does not cover your bike, get it added to the policy in an amount consistent with its replacement value. Be sure to understand your deductible and how it works.
Stolen Bike Registry
If the unthinkable does happen file a stolen bike report on the national bike registry you selected. In Chicago, there is an additional resource, Chicago Stolen Bike Registry, where you can place an alert with the hopes that grass roots efforts will result in it’s return. The folks that manage this registry say that time is of the essence, so even if you do not have all the information at your fingertips, report as much as you have to increase the chance someone will see it and contact you.
By taking these steps in advance you will still be sad if your bike is stolen but it will be easier to move on with either recovery of your old friend or ability to purchase a new bike. Less down time means more biking and more happiness.
Chicago Police Bike Registry: https://home.chicagopolice.org/services/online-bicycle-registration/
Bike Index: http://www.bikeindex.org
Chicago Stolen Bike Registry: http://chicago.stolenbike.org
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