1. Alert social media
Get the word out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, Grindr, whatever! Put all your bike’s details on your social media feeds, include where and when your bike was stolen and ask people to share.
2. List your bike as stolen
If you’ve already registered your bike with the various online organisations that keep track of bicycles (such as Bike Index, the National Bike Registry and the National Cycle Database), now’s the time to log in and tell them that your bike’s been stolen.
3. Report the theft to the police
File a police report as soon as possible. This is really important. You might not have insurance. You might think the police will do nothing. You might think it’s a waste of time.
4. File an insurance claim
Hopefully you’ve got some sort of insurance policy. Either you’re covered by your household insurance. Or you have specialized bicycle insurance.
Get in touch with them by phone as soon as you have the police report. They’ll require the same information you gave the police plus the crime reference number from the police report and your receipts of purchase.
5. Check online platforms
Thieves will often try to sell stolen bikes through these sites. But a bike probably won’t be listed as soon as it’s stolen. So the easiest way to keep an eye on the adverts is to set up alerts.
6. Check the flea markets and pawn shops!
Many towns and cities have informal areas where stolen bikes are traded. You probably already know where they are in your neighborhood. If you don’t, ask around.
7. Let your local bike shops know
Pass all the information you’ve got on your bike to your local bike shops. It makes it so much easier for them to spot something suspicious if they’ve already got their eyes peeled for a bike like yours.