Acacia's 'I AM FREE' bike and helmet were stolen from the Honey Lane Market garden in Brunswick Victoria on 11 September 2020. Fearing she would never see her bike again but not wanting to give up she reported the theft to her local police and then posted on social media, where she was promptly advised to post on the BikeVAULT section of the PropertyVAULT website.
Following the advice, Acacia reported her bike stolen and was diligent in following our proven tips to aid recovery. Acacia's efforts paid off yesterday, when a Good Samaritan named Peter, left a message via the ‘MAKE A REPORT’ tab attached to the stolen post, advising that he had found a matching bike dumped on his property.
After a VAULT admin checked out the bona fides, Acacia was called and advised her bike had been found. This afternoon Acacia met up with Peter at Brunswick Police station, where the bike was handed over and the police notified to tick one more bike off the stolen list.
"When my bike was taken I registered it as stolen the same day on the BikeVAULT section of the PropertyVAULT website and with the Vic Police. PropertyVAULT’s online steps for listing your stolen bike were extremely helpful. A month later a man found my bike and contacted PropertyVAULT, who matched it with mine and I was able to collect it the same day. A big thank you to the man who found my bike as well as the PropertyVAULT team for providing this service!"
The owner of this Argon 18 stolen from Camphill in Queensland on 3 September 2020, was more than surprised when her bike was recovered two days later as a result of a Good Samaritan cyclists checking the PropertyVAULT website, after finding the bike dumped outside his house. We understand the Good Samaritan has been compensated with some liquid beverages for his good work.
There are upwards of 25,000 bikes stolen each year in Australia with less than 10% recovered.
Bike theft is largely driven by how easily thieves and black market traders can profit from on-selling stolen bikes as a whole or as separated parts to unsuspecting purchasers. Thieves and knowing handlers (black market traders) have virtually no fear of the stolen bike being identified and so know that the likelihood of their criminal activity being detected and the prospect of prosecution by police is extremely low.
Bike identification is Key to defeating profit-driven bike theft - read the article below to learn how BikeVAULT part of the PropertyVAULT suite of FREE asset registers and now in partnership with DataDot Technology the world leaders in anti-theft asset identification, offer the most comprehensive proven solution available to combat theft.
Sign up for your free account and click the ‘ADD TO VAULT’ button to begin registering all your assets (including pets) vulnerable to theft!