This bike registry that relies on tiny identifiers could decrease the scourge of pilfered cycles across Europe and beyond

Bike-ID, a German startup, has created an easy-to-use bike registry that relies on micro-tags to discourage bicycle theft.

All bikes come with a unique identification number, usually located under the bottom bracket, where the two pedal cranks meet. But often when bikes are stolen, the thief can easily file the number off, rendering it useless.

According to the New York City Police Department, reported bike thefts reached 4,894 in 2014, which amounts to 600 more thefts than in 2013, and is a 70 percent increase from 2011. And, according to amNewYork, the NYPD told the City Council that “the trend is upward.”

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