City, HPD create new database for bikes reported stolen amid uptick in thefts

HPD has a new database of bicycles reported stolen. It was inspired by a state lawmaker who lost her bike to a thief
Published: May. 1, 2023 at 10:42 PM HST|Updated: May. 2, 2023 at 4:52 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department now has a new database of bicycles that have been reported stolen.

This comes after thieves stole $25,000 in merchandise from Boca Hawaii — a bike shop in Kakaako — last Friday night.

Among the merchandise stolen: Garmin fitness products, a black Cervelo Caledonia bike, a purple Scott foul road bike silver and a Cervelo Tri-Bike.

In 2021, thieves backed a truck into the same store, hauling away four expensive bikes.

Last year, security cameras caught two men using saws to burglarize an E-Bike store in Kapolei, taking off with over $20,000 worth of wheels.

State Rep. Lisa Marten says even she had her bike stolen.

“My stolen bike, which was an old bike but a good bike, sold online, under my nose for 18-hundred bucks,” said Marten.

It inspired her to help pass Act 108 last year to create a bike database.

HPD also created a system for buyers to check if the bike they want is hot.

Marten is hoping the marketplace for stolen bikes will start to shrink.

“So if you go to buy a used bike, you can check that database and serial number and make sure you’re not a part of the problem,” said Marten.

Marten added that if you are selling a used bike that matches a serial number listed in the database, it wouldn’t matter if you stole it yourself or if someone else gave it to you.

“If you sell it, you are responsible for selling a stolen bike,” Marten explained.

For more information on bicycle thefts in Hawaii or to access HPD’s database for bikes reported stolen, click here.