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Police Using Twitter to Reconnect Bikes With Owners

A local police department is trying to help you reunite with your lost bike in a new way.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - At the end of each year, hundreds of bikes from the State College borough and Penn State are auctioned off because nobody claims them.

Now, police are trying to help you reunite with your lost bike, in a new way.

State College Police are using Twitter to help you find your lost, or stolen, bike and their efforts are becoming pretty popular on social media.

If you've been to State College, chances are, you've seen a bike.

"I ride my bike to campus all the time," Penn State freshman Michael Morelli said.

Morelli bikes to campus everyday, but always makes sure to lock it up before going inside.

"For sure, there's a lot of people who would love to take a bike and get a free ride home," he said.

Right now, State College Police have hundreds of bikes locked up in storage that aren't registered and are missing their owners and they're trying to do something about it.

"Twitter is a great way to get your voice heard," Morelli said. "I think it would reach a lot of people and be a good thing."

It's a site that usually connects you with others and now, it may connect you back to your bike.

All you have to do is visit the @ReclaimMyBike Twitter page, look through the tweets, find your bike's description and prove to police it's yours.

"I think it's a good idea," Penn State grad student, Clara Capparelli said.

Capparelli just got her bike a couple of months ago and even though she hopes she never has to use this Twitter page, she thinks it's a great idea.

"A lot of people use Twitter," she said. "It's good for young people because they use Twitter a lot, so I think it will work."

To claim your bike, you can bring in a sales receipt, picture of the bike (or you on the bike) or any type of detailed description, including unique traits of the bike like special toe clips, stickers, scratches, dents, etc.

You do not have to know the serial number of the missing bike to make a stolen bike report. However, the best way to get your bike returned to you is to have the bike registered before it is lost. Those forms can be picked up at the State College Borough Police Department or the Penn State Parking Office.
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