Dozens of unclaimed bikes end up in police evidence with little hope of ever being reunited with their rightful owner. The Franklin Police Department wants to change that.
"You know the problem is once we get these bikes in that are found - they're stolen and recovered in another location - and once we get them into police evidence, what do you with them," said Lt. Charles Warner.
Every year, recovered bicycles are tagged and locked away with little chance of ever being reunited with their rightful owners.
"The [stolen] bike sits there for awhile and someone calls police and we show up and take the bike into evidence and that's usually where it sits. We're hoping to change the ending of the story," he said.
According to Lt. Warner, just a quick stop into Franklin's Police headquarters can keep your bike from doing "hard time."
No need to actually bring your bike, just some identifying information.
"When you come just make sure you bring the serial number, the approximate size of the bike, the color, anything that will be distinguishing," he said.
You can register your bike for free at the records section counter in the lobby of Franklin Police headquarters, located at 900 Columbia Avenue, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Lt. Warner said eventually, unclaimed bikes are donated to local charities.