Sign up for the Stolen Bike Digest

Posted by on March 20th, 2006 at 6:33 am

In an effort to recover more stolen bikes, I’d like to formally introduce the new Stolen Bike Digest.

The Digest is a free, weekly email that will be sent to bike shops (and anyone else who’s interested) and will contain all the stolen bikes listed on this site during that week. The email will be in a printer-friendly format so it can be easily printed and posted in a conspicuous place for both shop employees and customers.

There are already four shops on the list but we will recover more stolen bikes if all 26 shops get signed up. So please pass this on to your favorite shop (the signup form is below) and encourage them to get on this list.

The first Digest will be sent today. For more information see my Stolen Bikes page or email me at In addition to this new digest, I am working on adding more bike security content and revamping the stolen bike section in the coming weeks.

 Stolen Bike Digest Sign-up Form

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Damn! What an awesome idea!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet what I found out by talking to the Portland Police evidence warehouse about the controversy with selling stolen bikes (which the owners haven’t been located) on eBay. They said that they attempt to match stolen bikes with owners using the information in the LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System, a database for Oregon) and the NCIC (National Crime Information Center, a national database). The officer I talked to suggested that anyone whose bike is stolen should call the Portland Police and give the serial number and other descriptive info. He said that a report could be given over the phone, or a report form sent out, though this is at odds with my experience which has been that I had to wait for an officer to come out to my location and take a report.


– Report the theft to the local police, and tell them you want the info put on the LEDS and the NCIC.

– Report the theft at (run by an individual, very popular).

– Add the info to the “stolen bikes” section of .

Here is the best info I found about LEDS:

Info about NCIC: