This story originally aired on April 18, 2013.
If someone steals your bike, it can feel pretty hopeless. That’s because it is. In 2012, 585 bikes were reported stolen in San Francisco – that doesn’t include the many more thefts that weren’t reported. In Oakland, the police department doesn’t even keep track – they just don’t have the resources. And the bikes that are recovered usually don’t make it back to their owners, because the police don’t have enough information.