Bikes are very common and popular choice of travel. With your bicycle you can go anywhere, across town, village or a place, you can visit shops and other services, head to work, home or friends' house, or simply go on a short trip without much planning. The trend of active and healthy life has spurred the increase in the number of cyclists in transport, which has also increased the number of bicycle thefts.
Bicycles are the easiest to steal because they are very valuable and at the same time very light. No matter how thick chains we use to lock our bicycles, thieves always find a way to steal them. In the worst case, they take parts such as seat, pedals, front / rear wheel, light, etc. If your bike has been stolen, it’s important that you search for it right away because thieves are likely to roam around the city with your bike first for a few days before they dispatch it by selling.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BICYCLE FROM BEING STOLEN?
If your bike has already been stolen and you have not recovered it yet, there are not many things that can be done. But we advise the protection of the bicycle for the future.
One great thing to secure your bicycle is attaching a tracking device.
Installing a tracking device will not prevent theft of the bike, but it will provide the precise location of the object. You can instantly pass the information to the police. The Trackimo tracking device also contains a sensor that sends a notification to your device (mobile phone or a computer) at the moment when the device moves. This way you will know where your bike is located and when your property has been moved.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR BIKE HAS BEEN STOLEN?
If you are a victim of a bike theft, then we advise the following:
1. SEND REPORT TO THE POLICE
The first step is always reporting the theft to the police. Be sure that you have a saved photo of your bike. In addition to the photo you will need to pass a detailed description and serial number of the bike. If you do not already have a saved serial number and photos of your bike, do it now. You will not regret it.
If you have installed the Trackimo tracking device, then also provide last known information of your bike and the time when you received a notice, that your bike has been moved. Detailed information brings a quick solution and in all likelihood you will get your bike back the first day.
2. CREATE FLYERS
Print the flyers with a photo of your stolen bicycle, your phone number and a request to call you if they find it. It's good if you highlight the details or features of your bike that make it unique and recognizable. These include scratches, stickers, damage, custom colors, unique designs, etc ..
4. CHECK SECOND HAND ADS
Check out various websites or forums where users sell used and second hand items. It is very likely that your bike will appear on one of the listed online portals.
5. VISIT LOCAL PAWN SHOPS and BICYCLE SELLERS
Thieves will probably sell your bike to various local pawn shops and smaller bicycle stores. Visit local stores, services and other locations that are available for selling and servicing bicycles. There is nothing wrong if you mention your stolen bike to the seller. Ask them to call you if they encounter your stolen bike. It is also a good idea to ask them if you can stick some leaflets inside the store or on the bulletin board so that costumers can be aware of your bicycle as well.
6. INSURANCE COMPANIES
It is also possible to insure your bike at insurance companies. You can get the full replacement amount depending on the policy limit you picked. However, we advise you to read the contract well, because it may not be worth protecting your bike according to the solution that will be offered to you.
We hope that these tips helped you recover your stolen bike. But do not forget, the most important thing for a successful bicycle recovery is to act fast and actively from the moment you have learned that the bike has been stolen.