www Stolen Bike Registry

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> Stolen Bike Registry

> I doubt unicycle theft is a big problem, but please take a look at my new
> web page.
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> http://www.nashville.net/cycling/stolen.html
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> It is a registry for stolen bikes.
>

I looked at your web page. It looks good, and I’ll add a link to it in the
unicycling page. Unicycle theft is a tricky one, though. It really does happen,
but finding a stolen unicycle is like finding a stolen pogo stick. They
generally don’t have serial numbers, so I don’t know how someone would prove
ownership.

So far I’ve taken the optimistic approach to theft. When I ride to work or to
the local stores I don’t lock it, figuring that the opportunities to fence a
unicycle are limited. If I go to the mall, though, I do lock it, just on general
principles. I’ve left it unlocked at Kent State, which is the scariest place to
do so, but I try not to do so for too long.

I’m cc’ing this to the unicycle mailing list to see what others do about
the problem.

Thanks, Beirne

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Re: www Stolen Bike Registry

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> > I doubt unicycle theft is a big problem, but please take a look at my new
> > web page.
> >
> > http://www.nashville.net/cycling/stolen.html
> >
> > It is a registry for stolen bikes.
> >
>
> I looked at your web page. It looks good, and I’ll add a link to it in the
> unicycling page. Unicycle theft is a tricky one, though. It really does
> happen, but finding a stolen unicycle is like finding a stolen pogo stick.
> They generally don’t have serial numbers, so I don’t know how someone would
> prove ownership.
>

I’ll beat everyone to the punch on correcting me. I took another look at three
of my four unicycles (the fourth one is in the trunk of the car and I am too
lazy to go get it). The Miyata has a serial number on the frame, and one of the
Schwinn’s has a number on the axle. The UF/Semcycle doesn’t have one that I can
find. In any case, this is 66%, so I guess most unicycles may have serial
numbers after all.

Beirne

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Re: www Stolen Bike Registry

In message <199502250249.VAA06832@condor.mcs.kent.edu> Beirne Konarski writes:

> So far I’ve taken the optimistic approach to theft. When I ride to work or to
> the local stores I don’t lock it, figuring that the opportunities to fence a
> unicycle are limited. If I go to the mall, though, I do lock it, just on
> general principles. I’ve left it unlocked at Kent State, which is the scariest
> place to do so, but I try not to do so for too long.

Personally I think the uniqueness of a unicycle makes it more likely to be
stolen than the money it could earn… I think a unicycle thief would keep it!

I’ve never locked my unicycle when ride it into town, but I take it into the
shops with me. The shops haven’t complained yet, I think they’re too busy
laughing… The librarians even get upset if I ever go in WITHOUT my unicycle,
because I rob them of the opportunity to laugh at me! <g>


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Re: www Stolen Bike Registry

Beirne Konarski <bkonarsk@mcs.kent.edu> (BK) writes:

BK> Unicycle theft is a tricky one, though. It really does happen, but finding a
BK> stolen unicycle is like finding a stolen pogo stick. They generally don’t
BK> have serial numbers, so I don’t know how someone would prove ownership.

Easy enough to add with an engraving pen.

Campus Police at my old school allowed (and encouraged) folks to use their
engraving pen to mark their property. Perhaps someone in your area has one.