State College Police Helps Students Find Stolen Bikes
The State College Police Department announced a new Twitter feed yesterday that it hopes will assist residents and students to reclaim missing or stolen bikes.
The State College borough has several hundred recovered bicycles in storage right now. These bikes have not been registered and an owner cannot be identified by normal means. Bicycles that don’t get returned to its owners are ultimately sold at auction every year. The purpose of the new Twitter feed is to reunite more owners with their missing bikes and reduce the number of bikes stored and auctioned.
Descriptions, including color, make, model, and speeds will be Tweeted out for bicycles that are recovered by the SCPD.
“It is our hope that students and residents who have reported their bicycles as stolen or missing will follow the feed to keep informed of what bicycles we take in so that we can get the bikes back to them,” the police department wrote in a press release.
To claim your bike, you don’t always need the registration number. A vivid description of the bike (including toe clips, dents, stickers, or scratches), a picture of the bike, or a sales receipt for when you purchased the bike can help the police identify you as the owner.
If you want to register your bike, registration forms can be picked-up at the State College Borough Police Department, the Penn State Parking Office, or you can register you bike online on Penn State’s website.