Recovery Stories

Got help from someone who saw my post on Bike Index. He saw the bike on OfferUp and let me know. I contacted the police and recovered my bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ulises Bike recovered 2021.2.23

Recovered thanks to Bike Index and an honest buyer who returned it to me after buying it used, looking up the serial number, and finding it had been reported stolen on this site. Thanks for your help!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Paige Bike recovered 2021.2.23

Cash America Pawn Shop on 19th & Broadway ran it on Bike Index and recovered it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Agustin Bike recovered 2021.2.22

A purchaser off of Craigslist found my bike and returned it! His son had saved up for a bike and offered to give it back for free but I gave them a little reward so they didn't get shorted. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jordan Bike recovered 2021.2.19

Corvallis PD had seen my post on Bike Index and contacted me after my bike was stolen to request additional details about my bike and what had happened. I never thought I would see that bike again. Huge thanks to everyone who helped me get my beautiful bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Raquel Bike recovered 2021.2.17

I saw my bike listed on Craigslist - it was exactly the same down to every scratch on the blue paint. I went to meet the seller and told them it was mine. I had receipts, photos, and my Bike Index report to help me get it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Caleb Bike recovered 2021.2.15

A vigilant citizen spotted it locked to a rack outside of a Goodwill, called the police, who then called the fire department to bring a tool to break the u-lock. The police verified my identity and matched the bike to my Bike Index and police report. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Alan Bike recovered 2021.2.9

Someone saw the bike listed for sale online and checked Bike Index to see if it was stolen. They found my Bike Index listing and sent me a link to where it was posted for sale on OfferUp.com. I contacted Sacramento Police who got the bike back to me within a couple hours. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jared Bike recovered 2021.2.9

Someone bought it and brought it to a bike shop who thought the price they paid was low. The shop looked it up and found it on Bike Index. Thank you Bryan with Bike Index, Jon for returning it, and Good Weather Bikes in Seattle!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kelly Bike recovered 2021.2.6

After someone recognized this bike on OfferUp, Bike Index folks engaged SPD officers, who recovered the bike and kindly delivered it to my door. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kyle Bike recovered 2021.2.6

Someone who purchased the bike from the thief checked the serial number on Bike Index. They found out it registered stolen and contacted me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Trenton Bike recovered 2021.2.5

A guy bought it off Kijiji and realized it was a stolen bike from the Bike Index listing! He contacted me thereafter on Bike Index. Thank you for your help! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Leah Bike recovered 2021.2.2

A good samaritan on Bike index messaged and texted me! I called the police and waited at the scene until they arrived. And I got the bike back! I am so thankful for Bike Index and for the Portland bike community that looks out for each other! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Caroline Bike recovered 2021.2.2

Found via Bike index. The person who found it located me. I met them and they gave me the bike back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2021.2.1

It was found at an LRT station in Calgary, and because of Bike Index, the police were able to contact us. We got it back within a week of it being stolen - my son was very happy! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Terri Bike recovered 2021.2.1

A Good Samaritan found it on a bus rack and contacted me via my Bike Index report! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Chris Bike recovered 2021.1.30

The person I got it back from had purchased it on Offer Up. When he tried to register it, it came up stolen, so he called me since he saw it on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Marshall Bike recovered 2021.1.29

I received an email from a user here. They saw the bike on marketplace. The police were able to recover it a few hours later. So happy to have it back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Cameron Bike recovered 2021.1.27

It was found at the Mile High Flea Market, recognized thanks to Bike Index, and returned. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Elliot Bike recovered 2021.1.26

After I listed the bike on Bike Index someone noticed the bike in Ballard & then on OfferUp a week later. Thanks to all that sent me CCTV footage and those that looked online. I knew bike theft was a huge problem but had no idea there were so many good people keeping an eye out. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tyler Bike recovered 2021.1.25

I called East Wenatchee police to check if they had the bike and thanks to Bike Index I could prove ownership even after the thief altered the serial numbers. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brendan Bike recovered 2021.1.23

A deputy with the King County Sheriff's Dept. found it outside of a deli in Georgetown on his way to work. He picked it up and found me via Bike Index! It just proves that there are still kind people out there and that Bike Index works. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Carissa Bike recovered 2021.1.21

A good samaritan found the bike on Facebook Marketplace, looked up the serial number on Bike Index while taking the bike for a test ride, and contacted me. I confronted the culprit with SFPD support and recovered the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Logan Bike recovered 2021.1.20

An amazing person named Kristina purchased the bike and checked to see if it was previously stolen and got in contact with me to return it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nicholas Bike recovered 2021.1.20

A member of my police department found it 4 days after it was stolen from my garage. Because I had the serial, reported it, and registered with Bike Index, they were able to look it up. We have no doubt that Bike Index was a huge reason I've gotten my bike back so quickly :) translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Suzanne Bike recovered 2021.1.19

The Edmonton Police saw this bike, checked the serial number, and found it listed on Bike Index. Bike Index is great! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Darrell Bike recovered 2021.1.19

The person who had it checked Bike Index and returned it! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Danielle Bike recovered 2021.1.11

Bike Index flagged it right away and contacted me - it was recovered by Edmonton Police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Leo Bike recovered 2021.1.9

Bryan at Bike Index reached out to tell me my bike was found in a pawn shop via serial number. I worked with the police to recovered the bike from the pawn shop. Thanks so much for helping me find my bike in one day after registering it missing on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kaoxue Bike recovered 2021.1.9

The police recovered it by looking up the serial number on Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kim Bike recovered 2021.1.7

I'm not quite sure the details of where or how it was found, but my heartfelt thanks to the Edmonton Police who called and told me the good news that my bike had been recovered about a week before Christmas. The recovery of my bike is proof that Bike Index does work. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Glen Bike recovered 2021.1.6

A lady purchased it off Facebook Marketplace and took it for maintenance at a bike shop. When they saw the bike they ran the serial number through Bike Index and told her it was registered as stolen. She dropped it off at EPS once she found out. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jade Bike recovered 2021.1.4

Someone recognized it and sent a message to me through Bike Index and we were able to recover it! So grateful for your help. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Aliyah Bike recovered 2021.1.1

Someone alerted me that it was posted for sale on an online site. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sarah Bike recovered 2020.12.31

Registered my bike on Bike Index. Less than one hour later someone called me and said that they had purchased my bike on OfferUp. Was able to meetup and get my bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Dillon Bike recovered 2020.12.29

Someone bought it, searched the serial number on Bike Index, and reached out to me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Layla Bike recovered 2020.12.28

Bike Index was amazing!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Graham Bike recovered 2020.12.28

A great neighbour found it and was able to contact me via the Bike Index sticker and QR code on the frame. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Barry Bike recovered 2020.12.22

Someone bought it off Craigslist in Berkeley then noticed it was stolen by checking Bike Index. He reached out to me and we set up a time to meet. It turned out to be my bike, although somewhat stripped for parts, and was returned rather straightforwardly. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Haani Bike recovered 2020.12.22

The bike was flipped three times in three weeks. The original sale happened on OfferUp. Most recently, the bike was advertised in a Facebook group for used bikes. A community member confronted the seller. The Bike Index listing made the bike easy to spot and dangerous to keep. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Josh Bike recovered 2020.12.20

Someone bought it and checked Bike Index and saw it was stolen. Returned it! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Chris Bike recovered 2020.12.17

A neighbour found it and contacted me through Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Katherine Bike recovered 2020.12.16

Found it on a tip sent by a Bike Index member. I went to look for it and found it abandoned. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Eric Bike recovered 2020.12.9

This guy bought it and look up the serial number and saw that it was stolen. He called me and got it back today. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2020.12.5

A guy contacted me through Bike Index and told me that he purchased it and discovered it was stolen. We met up and I was able to give him a reward. Thanks Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Krystle Bike recovered 2020.12.4

Two people from Bike Index and one person who saw my post on a local stolen bikes Facebook group contacted me after seeing my bike for sale on Craigslist. I followed up on the police report I'd filed and they helped recover my bike from the person selling it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Omoleye Bike recovered 2020.12.4

I was contacted by the police department. They matched the bike via serial number through the information on Bike Index after having been found with a stolen vehicle. Thank you! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2020.12.4

Our bike was fenced on OfferUp and several people in the Bike Index community notified us. Amazing! With the help of a local bike shop owner who got involved, we recovered it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Shawn Bike recovered 2020.12.1

A man showed up saying he had bought the bike then checked it on “Bike Instinct(?)” which I assume means Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jason Bike recovered 2020.12.1

The Reddit community suggested I register on Bike Index. I shared my listing and got tips from fellow Redditors who saw my bike on OfferUp. I posed as a buyer and had police officers accompany me in a civil standby. They confirmed my serial from Bike Index and returned my bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rian Bike recovered 2020.12.1