Get me my bike back
September 27, 2010 10:50 AM Subscribe
How can I recover / get reimbursed for my stolen bicycle?
posted by KB.Boston_implant.By way of NY to law & government (9 answers total)
My building has a locked storage room in the basement that only residents get a key to. When I moved in, I 'registered' my bike with the building which involved description of my bike to them (verbally, no one took notes when I was present) and getting a sticker with an assigned number. There was no paperwork that was signed.
Fast forward to last month, I go downstairs to ride my bike on a Saturday morning and its gone. I file a report with the concierge at the front desk who informs me that I shouldn't worry, the management office will pay me back for it. I pay a visit to the management office on Monday morning, and they tell me 'that's too bad. Not our responsibility'. they then send me a copy of the building rules and regulations that state 'the building is not responsible for items lost in storage'. All this is well and good, except that my bike cost me $2,000 plus tax (Cannondale Rush hybrid purchased in 2008).
I should also note that there are closed circuit cameras at 3 locations in the building that are at the exits only. I asked if I can go into the office and watch tapes and I was told that no, for privacy reasons I can't do that.
I have filed a police report with the city's police department as well and put my bike's serial # on TRACE.
I would like to know what legal ways I can go about getting reimbursed for my bicycle from the management office / building. All advice is welcome no matter how time consuming it will be on my part. I am in the wonderful city of Boston.
Thank you in advance.