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Register your bike with the Police

You can register your bike(s) at any city police station. It would be helpful to have a photo of the bike with you that they can attach to the file, but is not necessary.

Here is a list of all the police station locations. Choose the one closest to your neighborhood:

Zone 1 Police Station
1501 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Zone 2 Police Station
2000 Center Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Zone 3 Police Station
1725 Mary Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Zone 4 Police Station
5858 Northumberland Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Zone 5 Police Station
Penn Circle West
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
2007-08-23 15:25:55
Is this still something Pittsburgh Police do? I called three of the zones, and they don't seem to be familiar with bicycle registration being a thing (although it may have been in 2007 when this page was last updated).
2016-12-21 18:37:22
Any recommendations for those of us who reside outside city limits?
2016-12-22 08:44:05
Yeah, that's old info.   Since then, BikePGH has created the "I Heart My Bike" program and there's also the Bike Index. (bonus for the IHMB program: an awesome photo of you posing with your bike grinning like a fool, suitable for avatar/social media nonsense)   Info on both programs here: http://localhost/i-heart-my-bike/   Or, keep a photo and serial number of your bike in a secure place.
2016-12-22 10:01:31
I will note that the Pitt PD & parking office, and perhaps some of the other campuses, do still do bike registration for their students and staff.  Pitt mostly comes out to register bikes at ride-to-work day, but you can actually sign up online anytime.
2016-12-22 14:02:21
You can register your bike at CMU and Pitt: University of Pittsburgh Carnegie Mellon University: CMU just registers your info, while Pitt will send a sticker to attach to your beast--which came in quite handy when I lost my bike on route 79--someone recovered it and contacted Pitt; who contacted me, etc... and I recovered my partially mangled beast....he'll be back.
2016-12-22 14:54:50
Thankfully I've never had to use it, but I keep a few inside-my-house photos of my bike & serial# on my phone.  I've often wondered how a cop would handle a case where a bike thief is caught, but he still claims it's his bike.  Anyone can look at the BB and write down the serial#, but how do you explain the pictures of the bike inside my dinning room?    
2016-12-22 16:34:27
Iguana -- how did you lose your bike on 79?  Did it fall off the rack of your car? the police gave out bike licenses in the suburb of Cleveland I grew up in.  I still have mine on my Miyata 512 from the mid-80s.  They also would engrave your social security # on the bottom of the frame with an engraving tool.  Which was handy back then, but a no-no in the identity theft new millennium.
2016-12-22 16:38:19
I was abducted by a Pedalphile Alien Tool. I was returned to the Iguanidae universe sans pedals, and high-"taled" it home; cf.
2016-12-23 02:23:04
Glad you are safe.  Hope the chip they implanted isn't too bothersome.
2016-12-23 06:39:12