“With all the warm, sunny weather, lots of folks are out and about enjoying beautiful Snohomish County on bicycles. And bikes are easy to steal. Recovered stolen bikes, as well as those that are "lost" (left behind on buses or at bike racks) end up in our Evidence Unit. At any one time, we have over 100 bikes, but very rarely can we return them to the lawful owner. This is usually because the bike was either never reported stolen in the first place or the owner couldn't provide the serial number to police when making the report.
Here is an easy way to help us help you recover your bike if it's stolen:
1. Write down the make, model and serial number of your bike (most bike manufacturer websites explain how to find the number).
2. Take a photo of your bike and store it with the other information where you keep other important documents (e.g. your vehicle title).
3. If your bike is stolen, ask the police officer taking your report to enter this information into NCIC.
We don't want your bike to join our collection!
(In case you were wondering, unclaimed bikes are either auctioned off or given to charity. We sent 230 unclaimed bikes to charity in 2014.)”