Monday, March 20, 2017

BikeGuard: Stolen Bike Recovery

Hello all!

Did you know that our officer friends with the Hendersonville Police Department establish a work relationship with BikeGuard, a FREE online Bike Registry, that allows cyclists to record their bicycles as stolen in a national database in the unfortunate case of a theft?

I know that all of us love our bikes very much and we ALWAYS take care to lock our bikes up properly when we leave them unattended with our vehicles, but in the unlikely but possible occurrence that one of our beloved bikes is swiped from us, this is a good back up plan to increase the chances of our bikes being recovered and returned to us.

How it works:  You simply go to www.myassettag.com/bike, register with the site, enter the details about your bike, and click REGISTER.  Once you've done this, you can go to the tab on the top right hand corner that says "My Account", click on it, scroll down, and click "Request Free Bike Tags".  From there you can request bike tags that will be mailed to you in 8 to 10 business days completely free.  The 'tag' is actually a sticker/decal that you can stick on your bike somewhere discreet like under the down tube or underneath your saddle. They will send you THREE of these tags for each of your bikes, and a simple scan of this tag will direct police (or a nice individual who unknowingly bought your stolen bike) to your BikeGuard account.   I just registered my bike and it was super quick and easy.

Your bike will be given its own page that you can choose to either make public or private, kind of like a facebook page.  From here you can:
  • Get a proof of registration print out
  • Mark your bike as stolen
  • Change your bike's owner
  • Edit your bike's info
  • Remove your bike's page
If you are extremely diligent when it comes to looking after your bike and you really REALLY hope you never need to use a recovery registry like this one, but you still want more information to consider signing up, I have shared some links below!  If you can't click on them, just copy and paste them in your browser. 

http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/documents/bikeguardflyer.pdf
http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/documents/bikeguardinfo.pdf
http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/documents/bikeguardmedia.pdf

-Kellie

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