Buying a stolen bicycle is a crime and encourages bike theft. This tool lets you check a bicycle’s serial number against the Canada-wide CPIC police database to see if it has been reported as stolen. Not only do you avoid buying a stolen bike, but you also help deter bike thieves from selling stolen goods if they know they are more likely to be caught.
If you suspect a bicycle is stolen but the serial number doesn’t show up positive, this could be due to a number of reasons:
Remember: if the price is too good to be true, it probably is stolen.
If you are thinking of buying a used bicycle, ask the seller to check the stolen status of the bike, and use this tool to check whether the bike is stolen.
If your bike has been stolen, report it to the police immediately!
If you are in Toronto, go to your local police station or call 416-808-2222. Only the Police can flag your bike as stolen in the CPIC database.
If you come across a bike that is reported as stolen, do not buy the bike! Tell the seller you're not interested in the bike, and report some information about the bike and a description of the seller to the Police:
If you are in the possession of a stolen bike, you can return it to any Police station and they will return it to the owner.