Selling Stolen Bikes is Too Easy

Project 529 is on a mission to protect your bike.

An overwhelming number of stolen bikes are easily sold on eBay and Craigslist. Project 529 is trying to put a stop to that.

“Every 30 seconds, a cyclist has their bike stolen in the United States. Nearly half of college students with bicycles will lose them during their education. Bicycle theft is rampant in the United States, and it’s due in part to the ease of fencing stolen bikes through online sites.

There’s a simple solution that would help dramatically cut down on these statistics: requiring a serial number when selling bikes online. Just as VIN numbers are required to list cars for sale, requiring a serial number will deter criminals from using your sites to move stolen bikes. It additionally gives the victims of theft a chance of recovering their bikes.”

Join them in urging Craigslist and eBay to require serial numbers on used bike sales.


8 Responses to “Selling Stolen Bikes is Too Easy”
  1. Sarah S says:

    I had a bike stolen from my front porch last summer and then a friend of mine saw it on craigslist for sale when she was trying to help me buy a new bike. but then it was gone from there so I never knew what happened to it and it wasn’t a really fancy bike or anything but I still really liked it and I couldn’t afford the same bike again so what I ride now is a clunky bike that I need to upgrade. Sad. Glad this petition is going on. good work.

  2. Danny Krampus says:

    Signed it!

  3. Lance Todd Shipley says:

    It’s the right thing to do.

  4. Ann Jacks says:

    Requiring pawn shops in Colorado to report serial numbers of bikes to the police within 24 hours allowed us to recover our almost new mountain bikes 2 years ago. Perhaps they should also report the serial numbers to local police before selling the bike online or they would receive a fine if they do not. I think they definitely need to list the serial numbers to cut the number of thefts and do it quickly.

  5. perry fellman says:

    Help us stop the sale of stoken bicycles. A bicycle is stolen every 30 seconds. You can require a check to a stolen bicycle data base or reccinebd that buyers check stolen bike data base

  6. Hal Ballard says:

    As a former Executive Director of a nonprofit bicycle refurbishing organization, we made it a constant practice to collect the serial number of each donated bike upon receipt and we called at least one local law enforcement agency and run the numbers by them. If they had no record, we believed we did our due diligence and then sold or gave the bike away. In only one instance was a bike on record as being stolen. So, one phone call can clear you of selling stolen vehicles.

  7. Terry Carlson says:

    No comment.

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