Are you selling at Cascade’s Seattle Bike Swap?

Bicycle Security Advocates is partnering with Cascade Bicycle Club this year to encourage vendors at its Seattle Bike Swap on Sunday, February 12 (9-2pm, Magnuson Park) to pre-index their bikes and frames and transfer indexed bikes to the buyers.

On average, a bike is stolen every hour in Seattle — it’s the fastest growing larceny crime in the city. Half of all people who bike will have their bike stolen at some point, and just 2.4 percent of the victims will recover their bikes.

Bike sellers can help solve the bike theft problem. The best way for people to recover their stolen bike is to make sure it’s listed on an online voluntary system like Bike Index. With photos, the bike serial number, a description, and chain of clear custody for each listed bike, police departments and fellow caring bicyclists are able to better track down stolen bikes.

Bike Index has more than 100,000 catalogued bikes, 75,000 registered riders, 320 community partners and 3,200 confirmed recoveries to date, making Bike Index a tremendous asset to fight against bike theft. And it’s free for everyone.

We highly encourage Seattle Bike Swap vendors to pre-index the bikes and frames they will be selling on Bike Index, and to transfer the listing at the point of sale.

You can set-up your bike shop on BikeIndex.org to quickly pre-index all your bikes. Bike Index also has a mobile registration system that works well on tablets and smart phones for day-of indexing for buyers.

Bike Index also has app that integrates with Lightspeed for those sellers who use it as their point-of-sale system. Click here to learn more about integrating Bike Index with Lightspeed.

If you have any questions about Bike Index or bike security questions, please feel free to contact Brock Howell of Bicycle Security Advocates at brock@bicyclesecurityadvocates.org. He will also be at the Seattle Bike Swap all day starting at 8 a.m. if you have any technical questions.

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