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    Harbinger xiamsammyx's Avatar
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    A new take on the "Should I rescue this bike" thread

    So we've all heard the "there is a bike locked up in front of my house/work/apartment with its (insert components) missing" should i cut the lock and "save" it thread. Here is my scenario though.

    A bike mysteriously appeared behind my work this evening leaned up against the fence in the back parking lot. Its chain is off the rings and otherwise seems ok. It has been sitting there for +/- 6 hours now. My assumption is that this bike was stolen elsewhere and then abandoned there when the chain fell off. So my question is should i snatch it up and post adds in CL for the bike as found and hope to find the owner, but if no owner is found keep it as my own?
    Or should I just leave it there for either someone else to steal that will probably not have as good intentions as I, for the theif to return and re-steal it, or for what is probably the least likely scenario that the original owner left it there and he/she will return to get it.

    The bike is NOT LOCKED and i obviously wouldn't do anything that I wouldnt want another fellow cyclist to try to do if my bike was stolen...

    So should i "Save" it?
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    yeah i would, what kind of bike is it?

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    leave a note with an email address. if you're leaving your bike around unlocked, that's much more than you could expect.

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    Harbinger xiamsammyx's Avatar
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    Its a BMX of some sort. I'm sure nothing special. but its really of no consequence.
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    How about giving it to the police?

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    Harbinger xiamsammyx's Avatar
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    I would be calling them to check for reports of stolen bikes and if one is matching the description i'd be happy to give it to them, but just handing it over to them wouldnt get anything resolved since they obviously dont keep a record of all serial numbers of all bikes and who belongs to said bikes. I'd rather it get put to good use by me if no one claims it.
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    Just hand it over, if the police in Milwaukee are anything like those in Melbourne, if it isn't claimed in three months they give it back to you. Then you have no grey area issue to deal with. If it gets claimed, or they track down the owner, you did a good deed. Simple.

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    f**k the police , take it repaint it DONE.

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    Lock it with a note saying "come to me to claim it..."

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    Ive given a few bikes to lost property.
    got them all back
    I think its a good idea. as if the owner sees you on there bike a few days after there bike went missing. They could accuse you of theft. Just too much hassle

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