Why bike identification is key to combatting bike theft! - Vault Protected

Why bike identification is key to combatting bike theft!

September 21, 2020 By Brad Kellas 9989 Stolen Bikes, Bike Protection


Bike theft is a problematic high-volume crime, with upwards of 30,000 bikes stolen each year in Australia and less than 10% recovered by police and returned to their rightful owners.

Whilst some bikes are taken by opportunist thieves who steal bikes that are left unlocked or poorly locked, there is a growing trend of recidivist bike thieves who target bikes for financial gain, prowling streets and stealing high-value bikes from commercial and residential storage areas.

Quality bike locks like the VAULT premium range - ‘D’, Folding and Chain lock when secured to a solid object, will defeat most opportunists, unfortunately, on their own, they are less effective when it comes to the recidivist bike thieves who are known to carry tools, including in some cases battery operated angle grinders that can cut through any lock.

To combat recidivist bike theft requires addressing why bikes are targeted

Targeted bike theft is fuelled by the ease that thieves and black-market traders (knowing handlers of stolen bikes) can profit from selling stolen bikes to unsuspecting purchasers, with little to no fear of the stolen bike being identified and them being caught and prosecuted by the police.

Rapid advancements in bike technology and the growth of the ‘E’ bike segment has led to ever-increasing bike values. This means greater profits for thieves and black-market traders and fuels an even stronger motivation for theft.

The cure to stopping the recidivist bike thieves and black-market traders is to make bikes too hot to handle.

Identification is the key and BikeVAULT in partnership with DataDot Technology have the ultimate solution.

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Protect your bike ID and ownership - starting with FREE registration on BikeVAULT!

Much more than just a simple database to store your bike details .......BikeVAULT part of PropertyVAULT provides a FREE expert service to both victims and police and a comprehensive online solution to combat bike theft before and after a bike is stolen, providing:

A secure custom-built portal enabling bike owners to comprehensively record their bike’s details and ownership.

A transferrable online date and time-stamped Log Book with blockchain encryption ensuring the bike’s identification and provenance is secured for life.

A registered bike sales platform that connects with buy and sell platforms and enables potential buyers to conduct a provenance check prior to purchase; potentially adding to a higher resale value when competing against bikes with no recorded history.

In the event of theft BikeVAULT is a powerful recovery tool that provides:

A custom-designed public and police accessible stolen report and search portal ensuring that a suspect bike can be searched and identified; regardless of where and when it was stolen and eventually located.

Tools, know-how and online victim support and advocacy from BikeVAULT’s police trained admins, who are experts in bike identification and asset tracing techniques. 

Social media connectivity and support from BikeVAULT’s large online community made up of like-minded stolen bike spotters who match and report advertised bikes with stolen listings on our portal. 

The manufacturer's frame serial number is not designed to defeat thieves!

The manufacturer's frame serial number, whilst adequate for warranty purposes is not designed to defeat thieves.  The majority of modern and high-value bikes now have a single frame serial number label, which some of the more cunning thieves exploit by either altering it or removing it altogether.  In some cases, they replace it with a totally counterfeit label which can be very hard to detect by an untrained eye. 

To strengthen your bike identification, BikeVAULT in partnership with DataDot Technology offers a range of advanced bike identification kits that provide Overt, Covert, and Stealth identification to your whole bike, making it virtually impossible to de-identify it.   The kits can be purchased from our online shop or from one of our participating bike shop dealers. 

Don’t Delay – Register Now

On average a bike is stolen somewhere in Australia every 20 minutes.  Protect yours before it's too late - Join our growing community of concerned bike owners and help fight back.  Sign up for your FREE account and click the ''ADD TO VAULT" button to begin.

BikeVAULT is part of PropertyVAULT – Australia’s No.1 FREE online community platform protecting assets vulnerable to theft.



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