Recovering stolen bikes can be easy if you have the right tools - Vault Protected

Recovering stolen bikes can be easy if you have the right tools

September 23, 2020 By Brad Kellas 6575 Recovered Stolen Bike

 

Jessica's Merida Scultura was stolen from a shed in her rear yard in Heidelberg West, Victoria on 4 April 2020.

Devastated to discover her bike had been stolen, she reported the theft to her local police.  Fortunately for Jessica, the police member taking the report was aware of BikeVAULT and advised her that VAULT registration was a very effective avenue to help recover her bike.  Following the advice, Jessica registered a stolen report on BikeVAULT thereby substantially increasing the odds of her bike being recovered. It could now be publicly searched Australia wide and identified by any one of the thousands of VAULT subscribers and stolen bike spotters, not just the police.

The waiting game begins

Within a week of her report to BikeVAULT, a lead was received via the 'MAKE A REPORT' button and portal attached to each stolen asset on the VAULT.  Unfortunately, in this instance, it turned out to be a dead-end. 

Jessica’s fortunes changed for the better in early September when a police member from Heidelberg Police station did a routine search of the VAULT to try and find the owner of a recently recovered stolen bike. Due to the enhanced search capabilities of the VAULT and extra police privileges when searching stolen assets, they quickly matched the recovered bike with Jessica's stolen bike report.

Like most theft victims who receive a call from VAULT admin, Jessica was surprised but very happy to hear that she would be getting her bike back.  

Mindful of the strict Covid regulations in Victoria, a very grateful Jessica attended the Heidelberg Police Station the following day and collected her bike.

Happy customers

From the Heidelberg Police Property Officer - "Owner located within 1 hour due to the BikeVAULT page.  One very happy customer".

From Jessica - "Apparently it was found by the police somewhere about 3kms from my residence, unlocked. So the police recovered it and found me via Bike Vault - thank you so much for your great service!"

RELATED: Learn Why you should register your bike for FREE with BikeVAULT

 

Join PropertyVAULT for FREE

A few happy former bike theft victims that BikeVAULT has helped!

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.  

Some former bike theft victims that BikeVAULT has helped to recover their bikes

Not just bikes ....BikeVAULT part of PropertyVAULT protects all assets including pets vulnerable to theft!

 

Join PropertyVAULT for FREE

 

News

Missing for nearly 2 years - Recovered within a few hours from Cash Converters thanks to a BikeVAULT stolen bike spotter!
Owners Wanted - Owners Found! Two stolen bikes reunited with their owners.
One bike recovered, one still missing - How Torbens wife's stolen bike was recovered!
Love your bike? Protect It - Join & Register your bike for FREE with BikeVAULT!
The tools used to reduce car theft by 75% can work to reduce all property crime!
Divine intervention and no fuss fast police work resulted in Kelvin's stolen bike being quickly recovered!
De-identified but still identifiable - Ben's stolen bike was recovered thanks to a Good Samaritan checking BikeVAULT!
Lightning strikes twice - Kade's account of how his bike was stolen and recovered twice!
A joint effort by Margit, BikeVAULT and the QLD Police resulted in her stolen bike being quickly recovered!
Why you should register your bike for Free with BikeVAULT
Stolen Bike Spotter tip-off uncovered a suspected organised stolen bike racket operating between the ACT and NSW!
Stolen bikes have no borders - $11,000 bike stolen in New South Wales recovered in Victoria
Five bikes recovered thanks to vigilant BikeVAULT - 'Stolen Bike Spotters'!
Three bikes recovered thanks to Cash Converters checking the stolen listings on BikeVAULT!
Stolen bike recovered after 5 years thanks to a BikeVAULT stolen bike spotter!
SBS World News Article on the surge in bike sales and bike theft!
Buyer Beware - BikeVAULT's Tips and Tools to help avoid buying a stolen bike!
Lucky Hugh and his recovered stolen bike!
Never despair! Mark’s cherished Italian road bike was recovered after nine months.
One stolen bike recovered and one still missing - Great work NSW Police!
All News