Bike theft is one of the most common quality-of-life crimes in our community. As Buffalo's bicycle infrastructure improves and ridership continues to grow, we are proud to partner with Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, the Buffalo Police Department and local bike shops to curb bicycle theft in our city.
Below is information on prevention and what to do if your bike is stolen.
Register A Bike
Register a stolen bike, or better yet—before it is stolen.
Once your bike is listed, its details will be made available to the bike shops, police departments, pawn shops and others that use the Bike Index data to help fight bike theft. It will also be listed with BikeIndex.org’s stolen bike Twitterbot, @isitstolen
Once listed please share through social media and spread the word! The more people on the lookout for your stolen bike, the better.
Please note: You should always report your stolen bike to the local police first, and please note your case number when reporting to Bike Index.
To fill out the form for a non-stolen bike, click the blue "Register Your Bike" button and fill in the information. Don't forget to upload an image of your bike.
You will receive an email from BikeIndex.org confirming the submission. The bike will immediately be available on BikeIndex.org and will appear in the Stolen Bikes Listing shortly.
How to Properly Lock Your Bike
Here are some tips on theft prevention and properly locking up:
1. Never leave your bike unattended, even if you’re just running into a store for “just a minute.” At the very least lock the rear wheel to the frame so no one can ride it away.
2. Register your bike with Bike Index. This is a national database for bicycles, think DMV for bikes. If you’re registered people can look up a bike they are trying to buy and determine if it was stolen from you.
3. Securely lock your bike frame to a fixed object, and if possible also lock removable parts such as wheels and seats. Check poles to make sure they are securely bolted to the ground and can’t be removed. Even if you keep your bikes in your garage, lock them up to something that is secured to the floor, walls or ceiling. Many bikes are stolen from garages–once a thief gets in the garage, all your bikes are now his.
4. Don’t rely on cable locks. Almost all of them can be cut in seconds with handheld tools. Get a more serious U-lock. Cable locks can be useful for securing wheels and seats to the frame. Inexpensive Kryptonite U-locks are available at our Community Bicycle Workshop, 98 Colvin Ave.
5. Lock your bike in well-lit and well-traveled areas and if you consistently go to the same destination (think daily commute), don’t lock it up in the same location every day.
6. Don’t leave your bike outside overnight. Find indoor secure parking whenever possible.
7. Take photos and save them somewhere safe: Of you and your bike; of anything special about your bike; The serial number which is usually located on the bottom bracket shell (the area underneath your bike where your pedals/crank arms meet).
My Bike Was Stolen! What Do I Do?
1. File a police report!
2. List your bike as stolen on Bike Index. It works best if you have your serial number (generally located under the bottom bracket shell, between your where your pedals & crank arms meet the bike), so be sure to write it down when you get your bike. Some local shops will keep a record of the serial number for you. Check with the shop where you bought your bike to see if they have a record of it.
3. Print flyers about the stolen bike and take them to local bike shops.
4. Check Craigslist and ebay every so often to see if your bike shows up there. You may want to check listings for nearby cities, such as Toronto and Rochester.
5. If your bike was insured, contact your insurance company and file a claim.
Stolen Bike Listing
Please note: this registry is not affiliated with law enforcement, it is purely a community effort. You should always report your stolen bike to the local police first, and please note your case number when reporting to Bike Index.