i used the search and wasn't really able to find anything pertaining to this particular issue-- you'll see why as it's going to make me look really stupid.
the serial number on my fuji was on the bottom of the bottom bracket, and the paint was so thick i couldn't read parts of it. so i tried something that may make me look like a total dumbass... i took sandpaper to the paint to see if i could get down to the frame and see the serial number better. in doing this, it looks like i've actually rubbed off part of the serial number-- is sand paper that strong? also: being that part of it appears to be sanded off now, do you think having the serial number is even going to count? i mean... it practically looks like i was trying to steal my own bike at this point. input/suggestions welcome.
also: do people normally register serial numbers with the police? it's my only bike and richmond seems to have its own little bike theft problem, so i just want to be ready in case it gets jacked.