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Menlo Park police launch bike registration service

It's a given that bikes attract thieves, and no lock is perfect. Now, the Menlo Park police are trying to make recovering your bicycle post-theft a little easier by launching a registration program.

The free service allows owners to enter their bikes' identifying information, including the serial number, and also submit photos to a police database. In the event of theft, the department will add the bike's data to a list of stolen property statewide so that if it's located anywhere in California, you may get the bike back.

Go to the police website and click on "online resources," then "bicycle registration" to sign up.

Sandy Brundage

Comments

Posted by Catherine McMIllan, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Thank you for this story. This has been publicized elsewhere and I've been meaning to do it. Finally did it; thanks for the reminder. I would suggest that the Police Department add a schematic of the possible locations of the serial number, which is not necessarily obvious. I had to google that information. And I was unable to find a place to upload a photo to the police database, in spite of what the article says. Does anyone have a link to this DB?


Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

According to the MPPD, if you want to submit images you can send a photo of the bike and a photo of the serial number, along with your first and last name, to gesepulveda@menlopark.org.

I don't know why that information isn't listed on the database page. (Web Link)


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