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    National Bike Registry?

    Quote Originally Posted by catatonic
    Hope you had an NBR registration.
    OK, so I've Googled NBR NBR and it seems to be a real thing. Does anyone actually do this? I'd never heard of it before? Any success stories?

    Just wondering.
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    I have all my bikes registered locally. It's US$8 for the first two bikes, and $5 after that. I can get it done right downstairs (I work in City Hall), and the ladies there already know I have a gazillion bikes registered.

    The supposed advantage of NBR is that it is, indeed, National. But most law enforcement agencies, if they find a bike of any significant value and it's got some other city's bike reg. on it, they're gonna call the authorities in that city, and you'll most likely get your bike back. You can get a Madison registration even if you live (or move) somewhere else, for precisely this reason.

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    I registered my bike, and will register any new ones I get as well.

    Basically any kind of registration is suficient, but NBR is easy enough to do, having an online form and all. It's also something that is easily recognized by police.


    BTW, whenever you buy a diamondback, they come with 6 months free NBR registration.

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    Registering your bike with the cops here is INVITING your bike to get stolen

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    How would that be inviting it, unless the cops are the ones doing the stealing?

    Or is the registry handled by prisioners or something equally wrong?

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    I have all my bikes there too!
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    I registered my Klein with this service.. Critics at my LBS stated if bikes are not registered the bike is eagerly advanced to the fastest bike sale at Local police departments... They suggested NBR..I had my Klein registered for 30? years..
    Police do know of the registration and look for its evidence....??? There is a stiker attached to downpost and a registry card given to the bike registrant.
    Anyone have expereince with this...

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    Realistically..... do registries like these really benefit anyone? If one of my bikes gets stolen, I consider it gone. I'll work something out with my homeowners' policy.
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    Fixer.. Here in Southern California it is getting to the point, it will be impossible to even have homeowners..I have ran into so many who are having real fits with coverages or even keeping a policy. What there are like only 3-4 companies left who do business in California..What, too much risk?
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    Bike registrations are occasionally used in police investigations as well. Imagine a person going missing while on a bicycle. If that bicycle is registered, and later found, it would obviously be tied to the missing person, much more readily than if it's not. They also recommend registering kids' bikes, in case of a crash involving a kid who's not carrying any identification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madpogue
    Bike registrations are occasionally used in police investigations as well. Imagine a person going missing while on a bicycle. If that bicycle is registered, and later found, it would obviously be tied to the missing person, much more readily than if it's not. They also recommend registering kids' bikes, in case of a crash involving a kid who's not carrying any identification.
    That is another benefit I hadn't thought about. I registered four bikes under the $25/10year plan recently, definitly worth it. I just saw by visiting their site that they had a 99c stolen bike registry (http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/register.html) , kinda inexpensive last hope, provided that you had the serial number written somewhere

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    Just write your name and info down and tape inside. In most cases they never find the bikes that are stolen and a lot of times they bikes have gone through the chop shop already and it wouldn't be the same bike anymore. I'm not going to pay for something that may never come in handy especially in a town like mine where bike theft is not rampant.
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    the way I see it is even for a $200 bike, it's less than 10% of the bike's cost...so if it can help even deter a thief, it could very well be worth it.

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    why would it act as a theft deterrent exactly?
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    your average crackhead who wants to pawn off a bike will more likely to not be able to pawn off any with a registry tag, since the shop can get it checked.

    It does nothing to stop thieves who wnat to strip the components or trade the bike off for something...it just gives the casual (and often stupid) thief one more thing to worry about....oh and those tags are a huge pain to remove.

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    I'd say a crackhead probably wouldn't even notice it or care.
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    My German's pretty rusty, but I do believe there was something there about De Fuhrer being a moron. First they'll register your bikes, then they'll come and get them...From my cold dead fingers.

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    is it like a standard rule for cops to search the bike serial number in a database when found? cause that nbr sticker can probably be easily ripped off by thieves. the same way decals can be taken off the bike just need a lil acetone lol. if cops dont search the database regardless that sticker can be useless

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisasimpson
    is it like a standard rule for cops to search the bike serial number in a database when found? cause that nbr sticker can probably be easily ripped off by thieves. the same way decals can be taken off the bike just need a lil acetone lol. if cops dont search the database regardless that sticker can be useless
    NBR record the bike serial#, when recovered NBR acts as a database cops can tap in and try to identify an owner, without it bikes are systematically sold to auctions if no-one claims them within x number of days. The sticky label they provide is only for anyone who finds an abandoned bike to provide a number to call. This is the same principal as car VIN#, except that car VIN# are already associated with reg etc.
    Bikes like many other stolen goods are recovered in large numbers, problem is that most often cops cannot identify any potential proprietor. Of course, someone will always tell you that bike thiefs are smarter than that, they scrub the serial#, sell the bike as parts, sure, same for cars but like cars a large number of them are recovered,.. just ask whoever manages or attends police auctions..

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    Registration is the first step to confiscation. They'll take my bike when they peel it out of my cold, dead, gloved hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Registering your bike with the cops here is INVITING your bike to get stolen
    That doesn't make any sense. o_o
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    I am probably asking for my bike http://www.specialized.com/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=5865 to be stolen because, I have had it for almost a year. When I lock it up, I lock it up in a very complex fashion. I have biked into the worst areas of the city and, it has not been stolen but, that doesn't mean, that, someone won't try. I think one reason it hasn't been stolen is because, they can't catch me. I go faster, than, a lot of the traffic around here, except for the cops.

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    As of June 2nd, 2014 Google indicates that the National Bike Registry (NBR) has gone out of business. Might need to consider something like www.BikeRegistry.com.

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