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Rhinelander police encourage people to use online bike registry Submitted: 04/19/2019
Stephen Goin
Stephen Goin
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Rhinelander police encourage people to use online bike registry
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department wants people to register their bikes on a website called BikeIndex.org, according to their Facebook page.

It's a free, nationwide registry that allows bike owners to identify the serial number and other features of their bike so it's easier to find if they lose it.

Currently, there are 45 unclaimed bikes held in police department garages. 

Sgt. Kyle Parish says abandoned bikes aren't just a problem in the Northwoods.

"I used to be down in Fon Du Lac area and we had the exact same problem down there. Almost every jurisdiction has this same exact problem," said Parish.

Because Bike Index is nationwide, Parish says police can find bikes even when they're taken to other towns, counties or even other states.

The abandoned bikes in Rhinelander will be sold through a silent auction sometime in May.

Parish confirmed RPD will keep the records of bikes already registered in the old system.


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