Register your bike with the Police

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scott
Keymaster
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You can register your bike(s) at any city police station. It would be helpful to have a photo of the bike with you that they can attach to the file, but is not necessary.

Here is a list of all the police station locations. Choose the one closest to your neighborhood:

Zone 1 Police Station
1501 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-323-7201

Zone 2 Police Station
2000 Center Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-255-2827

Zone 3 Police Station
1725 Mary Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-488-8326

Zone 4 Police Station
5858 Northumberland Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
412-422-6520

Zone 5 Police Station
Penn Circle West
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-665-3605


antaeres
Member
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Is this still something Pittsburgh Police do? I called three of the zones, and they don’t seem to be familiar with bicycle registration being a thing (although it may have been in 2007 when this page was last updated).


Ornoth
Member
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In case — like me — you’re unfamiliar with PIT PD zones: http://pittsburghpa.gov/maps/police-zones


StuInMcCandless
Participant
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Any recommendations for those of us who reside outside city limits?


RustyRed
Member
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Yeah, that’s old info.

 

Since then, BikePGH has created the “I Heart My Bike” program and there’s also the Bike Index.

(bonus for the IHMB program: an awesome photo of you posing with your bike grinning like a fool, suitable for avatar/social media nonsense)

 

Info on both programs here: http://www.bikepgh.org/i-heart-my-bike/

 

Or, keep a photo and serial number of your bike in a secure place.


buffalo buffalo
Participant
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I will note that the Pitt PD & parking office, and perhaps some of the other campuses, do still do bike registration for their students and staff.  Pitt mostly comes out to register bikes at ride-to-work day, but you can actually sign up online anytime.


The Iguana
Participant
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You can register your bike at CMU and Pitt:
University of Pittsburgh
http://www.pts.pitt.edu/Commuting/bicycling/bike-registration.php
Carnegie Mellon University:
https://www.cmu.edu/police/programsandservices/property-registration.html

CMU just registers your info, while Pitt will send a sticker to attach to your beast–which came in quite handy when I lost my bike on route 79–someone recovered it and contacted Pitt; who contacted me, etc… and I recovered my partially mangled beast….he’ll be back.


Marko82
Participant
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Thankfully I’ve never had to use it, but I keep a few inside-my-house photos of my bike & serial# on my phone.  I’ve often wondered how a cop would handle a case where a bike thief is caught, but he still claims it’s his bike.  Anyone can look at the BB and write down the serial#, but how do you explain the pictures of the bike inside my dinning room?

 

 


Eric
Member
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Iguana — how did you lose your bike on 79?  Did it fall off the rack of your car?

the police gave out bike licenses in the suburb of Cleveland I grew up in.  I still have mine on my Miyata 512 from the mid-80s.  They also would engrave your social security # on the bottom of the frame with an engraving tool.  Which was handy back then, but a no-no in the identity theft new millennium.


The Iguana
Participant
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I was abducted by a Pedalphile Alien Tool. I was returned to the Iguanidae universe sans pedals, and high-“taled” it home; cf. http://www.anapsid.org/tailloss.html.


Eric
Member
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Glad you are safe.  Hope the chip they implanted isn’t too bothersome.


The Iguana
Participant
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Ping: The World’s Smallest Global GPS Locator:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ping-the-world-s-smallest-global-gps-locator-bluetooth#/

Alternative/complement to a bike lock? Put a sign on your bike: “Steal this bike and go to jail!” :-)

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