The Edmonton Police Service collects 25-30 bicycles each week. Only 24% of these are returned to owners. Unclaimed bicycles go to city auction.
Keep Your Bike Safe!
Record Your Bike’s Serial Number
EPS is unable to return bikes to people who cannot prove ownership. This is why it is important to take stock of your property – record your serial numbers!
1. Find and record your bike’s serial number.
These numbers are commonly located on the frame. Owners may also search the internet for their particular bike brand/model and location of the serial number.
Take a photo with your cellphone or write it down in a book.
2. Store the Bill of Sale in a safe place.
If buying used, ask for a receipt. You can also search the serial number of a pre-owned bicycle on the public CPIC site to make sure it isn’t stolen.
3. Take a photo of the bike plus any aftermarket parts attached. Every time you add a new part to your bicycle, remember to take an updated photo.
4. Email the bike details to yourself. Include the serial number, make, model, description, value, and aftermarket parts.
Lock up your bike
1. Always lock up your bike. A high-quality U-lock is recommended.
2. Theft can occur anywhere – homes, parkades, or city streets.
Report Bike Theft to Police
1. File a police report online or in person at a division station.
By reporting your bicycle as stolen and providing officers with a complete and detailed description of your bike – including the serial number, our staff can query our database using a variety of methods and identify you as an owner.
2. If you believe your bicycle has been recovered, contact the Property Exhibit Unit at 780-421-2158.
Leave a message for a technician to call you back. Include:
- Your name and number
- Bike serial number
- Police report or file number
- Detailed description of the bike
NOTE: Recovered bicycles are stored in a secure facility and access by the general public is not permitted.
3. To reclaim your bicycle, you will need to provide the Property Exhibit Unit with:
A Copy of the police report or file number
The serial number for your bike (in the form of a Bill of Sale, purchase receipt, warranty card, photograph, or other documented form)
A detailed description of your bike including any aftermarket parts
A photo of you and your bike is an asset.
Property auctions are held the first Saturday of every month (excluding statutory holidays whereby the auction is normally held the following Saturday) at Reids Auction Edmonton . Information on dates/times of auctions/viewing can be obtained by calling Reids Auction Edmonton directly at (780) 488-3300.