Bicycle Theft

You can now register your bicycle with the Minneapolis Police Department! Registering your bicycle with the MPD will increase the chances we can return your bike to you if it is recovered. You can register online, or call 311, or use 311's phone app.

Every year, thousands of bikes are lost or stolen in Minneapolis. Many of them are recovered. Yet, because of a lack of proper identification, only a small percentage are ever returned to their owners.

Here are some things you can do to help recover your bicycle if it is lost or stolen and what you can do to prevent bicycle theft.

How to Report Stolen or Lost Bicycles

Be sure to report your lost or stolen bicycle with the Minneapolis Police Department. A lost or stolen bicycle report may be made by calling Mpls 311, filing an  online police report or going to your respective precinct to make your report (reports may not be made by phone to your precinct). If you are unsure which precinct you are in, you may enter your address and look it up here: Police Precinct Finder Persons calling from within Minneapolis may call 311. Persons calling from outside the city may call 612-673-3000. 311 Customer Service Agents are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Be sure to include in your report details about color, make, model, bicycle serial number, registration number, and other unique identifiers. These details not only aid in the identification and recovery of lost or stolen bicycles and return to their rightful owners, they assist investigators with developing useful suspect information.

What Happens to Recovered Bicycles 

A police report is made that includes descriptive information about the recovered bicycle, including color, make, serial number, etc.

Bicycles are then stored at the Property and Evidence warehouse. The warehouse is located at 6024 Harriet Avenue South, one block east of Bachman's off Lyndale Avenue in South Minneapolis.

Matching Recovered or Pawned Bicycles With Owners

Recovered Bicycles: Bicycles recovered are compared with descriptions of bicycles reported to MPD as lost or stolen. If a match is found, the owner of the bicycle is contacted. This is why registering your bicycle information is so important.

The public may also request that a search of our database be made for recovered bicycles that match a bicycle lost or stolen from them. Contact the Property and Evidence main downtown office Monday through Saturday, Noon to 10:00 p.m, (612) 673-2932.

Public service hours to retrieve bicycles from the Property and Evidence warehouse are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Phone calls to inquire about bicycles, to request a search of our database be made for a recovered bicycle, to obtain directions to the warehouse or other information may be made to the warehouse during public service hours at (612) 673-5665.

A valid state ID card or driver's license and proof of ownership will be required for a bicycle to be released to you . Proof of ownership includes a receipt of purchase; a serial, registration or OPID number; or a picture of the owner and the bike.

Pawned Bicycles: Bicycles with serial numbers, Operation ID (OPID) numbers or unique descriptions that have been reported to the police as lost or stolen are compared with bicycles pawned via the Automated Pawn System. APS contains daily transaction records from over 45 regional pawn shops. If a match is found, the owner of the bicycle is contacted as well as police investigators.

Bicycles that are recovered by the police are also queried against entries in the NCIC database of stolen articles. NCIC is used by police agencies throughout the country to report stolen articles. If a stolen entry is found, the law enforcement agency that reported the stolen item is notified of its recovery and the agency will notify the owner.

The public may also request that a search be made as to whether a stolen or lost bicycle may have been pawned. Call the Property and Evidence Unit Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at (612) 673-2932, option #2.

Police Bicycle Auctions

Unclaimed bicycles are kept at the Property and Evidence warehouse for 30 days. They are then sold at Police bicycle auctions. Auction Schedule

Bicycles are sold "as is" The average auction sale price is about $40.

Bicycles can be viewed on auction days from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Victims of lost or stolen bicycles can attempt to look for their bicycle at this time. In order to claim bicycles, however, victims must show receipt of purchase; a serial, registration or OPID number; or a picture of themselves and the bike.

For additional information, please call the Property and Evidence Room at (612) 673-2932 or e-mail us at [email protected].

Last updated Nov 26, 2018



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