One of the things we worked on during our two-week hiatus was improving our stolen bike registry system to help combat Tucson bike thefts.
To do that, we worked with the awesome BikeIndex.org group who supplied us with a great system to register stolen bikes and list them on the site for people to keep an eye on and hopefully help recover them.
The system starts with the registration page, which ask the owners for details about the bike and the theft. Once a bike is registered, it creates a listing on BicycleTucson.com and BikeIndex.org. The hope is that if someone searches for the bike to check if it is stolen, it will popup on the internet as stolen. Check out the listing page.
In addition to checking out the listings, it’s a good idea to follow & retweet @stolenbikestuc, which tweets stolen Tucson bikes.
The system is much improved from the manual version that often found stolen bike listing requests in the spam mail.
Check it out and help fight Tucson bike theft!