@DaveSanders @Jonathan_Maus @bikeindex I have been seeing a handful of recent “found a bike” posts about bikes being found in places where reasonable people wouldn’t leave sitting out like that. I’ve seen this happen myself to, such as a nice bike left unattended and not locked in a way reasonable people wouldn’t.
I recall that an officer from BTTF was quoted or commented on that article saying you should take it in and report it if you think it is stolen. This might have been in a BikePortland article or comment. As I understand, its common for thieves to “drop off” for their drug dealer fence to pick up to avoid direct exchange.
The obvious suggestion is to run it through Bikeindex but quite a few bikes are not reported due to the victim not having retailed their serial # prior to theft.
Could we rehash how random out-of-place found bikes should be handled? Is the situation different for totally public property, vs place that is open to the public, such as unexplained bike in a parking lot? By just calling it in and leaving it hands off, I’m guessing calling it in and leaving it hands off means the wrongful acquirer would get to the bike before the police. Unlike Bikeindex, when you call in dispatch, they won’t confirm if the serial is stolen or not.