DPS and National Bike Registry Team Up to Register and Recover Bikes
DPS and The National Bike Registry (NBR®) have teamed up to offer local residents a way to protect their bicycles in case they are stolen. Bicycle thefts continue to be frustrating to both police and citizens alike. There were 152 bikes stolen in Sunnyvale in 2011, with only a small percentage of those being recovered and returned to their owner. The NBR program will offer bicycle licensing services designed to deter thefts, and will provide DPS with access to a national database of stolen bicycles that will greatly enhance recovery efforts for bikes that are stolen. Bikes that are registered in the City of Sunnyvale can be matched to their owners no matter where they may be recovered.
The low-cost NBR registration replaces the city’s local bicycle licensing program and allows DPS to identify and return stolen bicycles to their owners when they are recovered. This saves law enforcement and the local government valuable time and resources and gives the program a national scope. NBR registration forms are available at the Sunnyvale DPS headquarters and at the six neighborhood fire stations. Residents and City staff can stop by at any of these locations (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and pick up a registration form from the front desk. Bike owners can also register online by going to NationalBikeRegistry.com, by calling 1(800) 848-BIKE or by mailing in the form together with their registration fee.
For just $10, an owner receives a 10-year registration in the NBR secure database and a tamper-resistant security ID label for the bike. Other registry packages include family registration for five bikes for $25 and a 30-year transferable registration to cover subsequent purchased bicycles for $25. Often just seeing the NBR label can deter a thief, who knows it will be harder to resell an obviously stolen bike. The finder of a bicycle, either the police or a Good Samaritan, can call the NBR toll free number or access the NBR website to trigger a notification to the owner.
NBR is an official licensee of the National Crime Prevention Council, with a portion of registration fees going to support the Council’s McGruff the Crime Dog® crime prevention programs.