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- 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. We like the OnGuard brand. 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 receipt from 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.org Registering 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 Police Call 894-3150
Cotati Police Call 792-4611
Healdsburg Police Call 431-3377
Petaluma Police Call 778-4370
Rohnert Park Police Call 584-2600
Santa Rosa Police Call 528-5222
OR if your bike is worth less than $5,000 fill out this form.
Sebastopol Police Call 829-4400
Sonoma Police Call 996-3602
Windsor Police Call 838-1234
Sonoma County Sherif Call 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.
- Set up Google Alerts to send your emails when Craigslist ads matching your search queries pop up.
- Add your bike to the Stolen Bike Registry here.
- Post your bike to Sonoma County Bike Watch Facebook group.
The Bicycle Coalition has teamed up with Santa Rosa City Councilmember Julie Combs to create the Bicycle Theft Task Force. One representative from each Santa Rosa bike shop is invited to join the Task Force. Together we aim to erase bike theft from Sonoma County.