The nonprofit working to make Sonoma County a great place to ride a bicycle.
Know your bike’s serial number. Learn how to locate your number here. Record your number with our form here. We will email you a copy for your records.
Use a U-Lock. Be aware that a lock with a key is better than a lock with a combination. Cable locks are bad because they are easily cut. Quality counts! Expect to spend more than $35 on a good lock.
Know how to lock up your bike. A nice guy named Hal shows you how here.
Keep the receiptfrom your bike purchase in a safe place.
Take photographs of your bike. You can use these if your bike ever goes missing. Take a close up of the serial number too.
Register your bike at stolen.bikeindex.orgRegistering your bike before it is stolen increases your chances of getting it back.
Tweet @isitstolen. Don’t want to accidentally buy a stolen bike? Tweet the serial number to @isitstolen to see if it has been reported as stolen.
If your bike is stolen…
Call and report it to the police. It is very important to make an official report. If law enforcement notices an increase in bike theft they will take action. No report, no action. You do not need your serial number to make a report. Cloverdale PoliceCall 894-3150 Cotati PoliceCall 792-4611 Healdsburg PoliceCall 431-3377 Petaluma PoliceCall 778-4370 Rohnert Park PoliceCall 584-2600 Santa Rosa PoliceCall 528-5222
OR if your bike is worth less than $5,000 fill out this form. Sebastopol PoliceCall 829-4400 Sonoma PoliceCall 996-3602 Windsor PoliceCall 838-1234 Sonoma County SherifCall 565-2511
Contact your insurance. Bicycles are often covered under your homeowners or renters insurance. If you used a credit card you might even be covered there too.
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