Rohini Kini of

Bums On The Saddle
has created

this procedural guidance

in case your cycle has been stolen. You need to do some preparatory work, so get the details of your cycle now and keep them safely in case you ever need them.

Spring into action immediately!
Check around the area incase the thief has stashed the bike to pick it up later
File a FIR with the police (more details below). Record identifying features on the report – accessories, photographs and the frame number!
Register your bike as stolen on the BOTS Stolen Bike registry
Visit shops in your area and request them to keep their eyes open
Post up stolen bike flyers around the area it was stolen in
Share the loss with friends, social media, local bike shops and friends.
Post about the cycle on local bike forums and alert the cycling community
If you have bike insurance, time to reach out to the insurance company
Trawl forums where second hand products are sold. Keep an eye on all bicycle sales