Berkeley Turns to ‘Bike Registry’ to Deter Theft

An independent bike registry is aiming to “make bike theft a little less convenient” in Berkeley. Bike Index, started by former bike mechanic Seth Herr in Chicago, allows users to register their bike’s serial numbers free of charge into an open source database to help anyone track whether the wheels they wish to purchase online are stolen goods–and reunite cyclists with their stolen bikes.

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