On 15 October 2020, Oscar's Reid Urban X2 was stolen from StKilda, where it was locked in the street. Devasted to find that his bike used for his income source as a food delivery rider was stolen, he wanted and needed to do everything he could to try and recover his bike.
Unaware of BikeVAULT (part of the PropertyVAULT solution to combat theft), Oscar contacted the Reid store in North Melbourne where he purchased the bike to gather information to help with his report to police. Fortunately for Oscar, the staff at the store directed him to the BikeVAULT website as the go site to help recover his bike.
Following the advice we send to all victims, Oscar began searching the typical places and sites online where stolen bikes are advertised, when within a few days he found a suspicious advert for a matching bike advertised for sale on Gumtree.
Needing proof to prove the bike was his, he communicated with the seller and inspected the bike as a potential purchaser. On confirmation the bike was his, he called the police, who were on their way to assist, when the seller, (who may or may not be the thief) decided to leave the bike with Oscar and disappear in the distance.
Great job Oscar!
Don't be fooled into believing that a bike thief is just a petty criminal. Many are involved in drugs and have a history of violent crime and the use of weapons and you will never know what they may do to avoid being caught. Always contact and be guided by the police, if you believe you have found your stolen bike. Your safety should always come first!
Go to the PropertyVAULT News Page to read a sampling of 700 plus stolen bike recoveries that BikeVAULT has aided victims and police with over the past 6 years.