Jamie Hansen, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
When Janelle Rossi’s road bike was stolen earlier this year from the garage of her Santa Rosa apartment building, her response, aside from contacting police, was to launch a search on her own.
She posted fliers, listed the bike on a stolen cycle registry, and kept an eye out on Craigslist.
Other local bike theft victims like her have turned to another, new source of help, a web-based group that enlists the eyes of fellow cyclists to track down stolen wheels.
The effort, called Sonoma County Bike Watch, was launched last year on an open Facebook page that now has nearly 500 members.
Theft victims can post pictures or descriptions of their missing bikes. Others post sightings of suspicious behavior or bikes they think have been stolen.