Americans loose $350,000,000 each year in bike theft. Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach are fighting back. They launched new bike registration programs designed to reduce bike theft in their community. The program is free to the public. Once the bike is registered with the serial number and the owner’s information, it is made available in a database to police officers. To register click on this LINK to the Miami Beach website and complete the information requested.
If you would like to register your bike in Miami-Dade County, download this FORM and then drop it off or mail it to:
PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE BUREAU 9111 NW 25 STREET DORAL, FL 33172
Below are additional links to national and even global stolen bike registries:
Bike Theft Prevention Tips
Always lock your bike's frame and wheels with a high-quality, modern U-lock (with a disc/flat key). It's recommended that you use at the very least a 14mm U-lock, 16mm is preferred.
Remove all detachable items like lights, bags and quick release parts and take them with you
Lock to a bike rack, or firmly affixed (bolts covered in concrete) parking meter or sign pole - these are the most secure places.
Do not use a cable lock as the primary security device for your bike.
Record your bike's serial number. Take a photo of you and your unlocked bike. Keep the receipt. All will help you identify the bike.
Always lock your bike, even if you're just leaving it for a moment.
Always lock through the frame and a wheel. Add a cable, cable lock, or second U-lock to lock the second wheel. See video for proper locking depictions.
Buy the most expensive lock you can afford. U-locks are strong and better ones come with theft warranties. Only buy a U-lock with a flat or disc key. Cylindrical keyed locks are more easily picked. See diagramabout keys.
Beware of locking to "sucker poles" that are loosely bolted down and can easily be removed.
Avoid locking to private property. Store your bike inside if space is available.
Lock your bike when keeping it in a garage or on a porch.
Learn about the lock manufacturer's warranty and product replacement policy.
If It's Stolen
Report your bike as stolen with your local police department and bike registries such as the registries listed above.
File a theft report with the local police department by visiting your local district headquarters or by calling 311.
If the police recover your bike, it's beneficial if you previously registered your bike with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Check periodically for your stolen bike on Craigslist and at local flea markets, pawn shops and used bicycle shops.