Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "No one wants to buy a stolen bike but if you see a bike you're interested in on Craigslist or at a flea market, there isn't a good way to know if it's stolen. Now Kickstarter has an interesting project that is looking for funding to expand a searchable database that will help users protect their bikes by permanently saving the bike's serial number. "We regularly saw people trying to sell stolen bikes, and would search for the bikes online—but it was too difficult to find definitive information about them because too few people save their serial numbers," says Seth Herr, founder of the Bike Index and lead developer of the project. Herr envisions Bike Index as a way to solve the “awareness problem” — awareness of existing registries and of a bike’s identifying information. “A common problem when people get their bikes stolen is that it’s like the first time the owner thinks about ‘What was my serial number?’ and other details that are important in recovering a stolen bike," says Marcus Moore. If every bike shop integrated Bike Index registration at the point of sale, that would make it easy for victims of bike theft to accurately report a stolen bike, and for bike purchasers to verify that they aren’t buying stolen goods. The Project plans to collaborate with Bryan Hance, the founder of stolenbikeregistry.com, one of the Internet's first-ever registries to track stolen bikes which already has almost 20,000 bicycles in their registry. "The biking community can smell authenticity," says Hance. "They know when someone's trying to sell them something, and they know when someone is honestly, genuinely interested in trying to tackle the problem. That's the sense I get from Seth and Bike Index. It's obvious he knows what he's doing.""