Recovery Stories

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

Thanks to Bike Index, a local Facebook page, and a good Samaritan who was suspicious about a sale, my bike is back!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bailey Bike recovered 2020.11.29

I received a text from someone on Bike Index saying they bought a bike and thought it was ours. He sent me pictures and the serial. It was our bike. We drove up and picked it up and paid him what he paid for it - he said he wouldn't feel right taking my money but I insisted. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kari Bike recovered 2020.11.26

Recovered via Bike Index and Edmonton Police Service. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Shellie Bike recovered 2020.11.25

A neighbor found in bushes and found the Bike Index listing by the serial number. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jesse Bike recovered 2020.11.25

The Daily Rider bike shop recovered the bike. The alleged thief brought the bike into their store for a flat fix but was oddly unfamiliar with his "own" bike. They checked the serial on Bike Index and discovered it was stolen! They used Bike Index to get in touch with me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Christopher Bike recovered 2020.11.25

Bike Index alerted me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kelly Bike recovered 2020.11.25

A good Samaritan bought this bike and took the time to look up the serial number on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Liem Bike recovered 2020.11.24

Someone attempted to sell the bike to The Pro’s Closet. They ran it on Bike Index, noticed it was stolen, and called me. I put them in touch with the police and the bike was recovered the next day! So many people came together to make this happen. Ready to get back on the trails. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Devin Bike recovered 2020.11.23

An amazing human saw it advertised on Craigslist and realized it was stolen, so bought it and returned it to me after contacting me through Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kate Bike recovered 2020.11.22

Someone purchased it on FB Marketplace and checked Bike Index. I had written off the bike, so was shocked to receive an email and appreciated his honesty. The new owner contributed to the deductible and I officially transferred rights. Thank you, Bike Index, for the closure! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nick Bike recovered 2020.11.21

EPS found the bike through Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andrew Bike recovered 2020.11.21

Bike Index users contacted me initially about the posting online of my bikes for sale. They worked with Denver PD to set up a meeting for purchase. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Marc Bike recovered 2020.11.19

Someone saw the bike on Bike Index and also saw it for sale. The seller offered it to them and then put us in touch for an easy pickup. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2020.11.19

Someone purchased the bike through Kijiji and then looked up the serial number later on Bike Index. They then called me and the thief has charges pending. Go Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Josh Bike recovered 2020.11.18

PPB recovered the bike utilizing Bike Index for reference. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2020.11.17

Someone saw the Bike Index post, saw the exact match listed for sale on OfferUp and let me know! I called the cops and they helped me communicate with the seller and set up a pickup time/location to get it back!! Totally intact and everything still functional and there. HOORAY!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jay Bike recovered 2020.11.16

Local police found it and returned it to me the same day. Having the serial number, pictures of the bike, and info registered with Bike Index and on my person was the key to helping them make the match! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brian Bike recovered 2020.11.15

I marked my bike stolen on Bike Index and saw that it was posted to the social media feeds. I included a number for direct contact and I received a text from a stranger that they believed they spotted my bike about a mile away! I felt very lucky that he was willing to help. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michelle Bike recovered 2020.11.14

It was bought by a person who then looked it up on Bike Index and turned it in to the police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Stephanie Bike recovered 2020.11.11