BCP supports the Philadelphia Police Bicycle Registration Program. We are working with Lt. Gerry McShea of the PPD (South Street Station) to promote registration of bike serial numbers in a database being shared by all the public safety organizations in the region: campus, city, county, and suburban police. BCP sponsored a Bike Registration at the Swap Meet/Freedom Valley Ride. We will solicit registrations at the Century finish line, too.
Why Register My Bike? Every year many stolen bicycles are recovered by the police, but cannot be returned because the police can't find the rightful owners. Don't let this happen to you. Register your bike's make, model & serial number along with your personal contact information. This data will be stored in the Greater Philadelphia police database of bicycle owners; participating university, city and county police departments can search it.
Where's My Serial Number? It is embossed or stamped on the frame, usually on the underside of the bottom bracket (or on the downtube near the bottom bracket). If you have a composite frame, it may be stamped on a metal frame component, such as the rear drop-out.
What If I Can't Find My Serial Number? The paperwork (receipt, owner's manual) that came with your bike should include the serial number. If you can't find it on the bike (or can't read it clearly), take home the registration form, complete it, and FAX or mail it to the address on the bottom.
For added protection, write your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address on a 3 x 5 card. Put the card in a clear plastic bag, roll it up, and insert it into your seat tube. Police will look there.
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