PASCO, Wash.- A warning for parents who's children have bicycles.
You may not get it back if it's stolen, even if police find it, if you don't take a couple easy precautions.
It's so easy for someone to take off with your bike, and a lot of the time they're recovered by police, but if you can't prove it's yours, often times, you can't get it back.
Police say anyone with a bike needs to take a picture of the bike and write down the serial number. It's often found on the bottom of the frame.
If you don't have this key information, police may not be able to confirm that the bike they have is yours and even though they have it, they might not be able to give it back.
"There's so many bikes, you know, they all look the same, but it's the serial number that really makes the difference as far as being able to identify it," said Maria Stidham, a crime prevention specialist with the Pasco Police Department.
All the departments in the area are able to link together to track bike serial numbers, but if you don't have it, you often can't prove it's your bike.