So what does that mean for you, thee of the liberated bicycle? Well, you might actually be able to get your ride back, should your bike be listed on SFPD's new stolen bike site. The database isn't exactly brimming with stolen bikes waiting to be reunited with their owners or anything like that, but it's a step in the right direction.
And in the event your bike is lifted in the future, Mission Station offers some precautionary tips for making sure you get your bike back quickly:
Mark your bicycle so that you can easily prove it's yours. Some fire station or police departments sell bicycle licenses, which is one way to label your bicycle. There are links to online registries. You can also simply write your name on a piece of paper and slip it inside the handlebars. Or write your name underneath your seat with an indelible marker.