Incredibly, around 14.5 million bikes worth £5 billion have been purchased since lockdowns began. Weekly cycling miles in the UK are estimated at more than one billion! It goes to show how accustomed we’ve become to two wheels for travel, leisure and exercise. What more can we do to protect one of our favourite possessions? Here is a must-read article for bike owners:
Don’t forget to register any new gifts straight on to Immobilise.com. Unfortunately, theft and burglaries tend to increase around the festive period. Logging your treasured items on immobilise.com creates a unique record of your ownership, meaning responsible traders will avoid them. At the same time, should police encounter your property, they will be able to identify it, giving you the best possible chance of getting your valuables back should the worst happen.
When thieves are this brazen and not deterred by steel U-locks, warning labels, engravings, and other marks are not going to be a deterrent either. But we can at least leave something in your bike that would incriminate anyone later found in possession of it. ImmobiBike, with its shuttle securely fitted in the seat post, can’t be removed without risk of damage and is easily traceable by police.
So you’ve heeded all the advice to secure your home and your property.
You have window locks, high-security doors, unobscured entrances, lighting, an alarm system, valuables stored out of sight, tools, and equipment stored in locked sheds and garages.
Sadly, even the most security-aware can still become victims of theft, only to discover the aftermath can be as frustrating and painful as the event itself. The Police and insurers will ask for details of any missing property, and it is here that many find themselves unprepared, complicating claims and prolonging the stress and inconvenience.
Police recover an enormous amount of stolen property each year, but the majority is impossible to repatriate because there is no way to trace the owner. The result is that valuable, treasured possessions end up going to auction or even being destroyed.
To avoid these pitfalls, here are some simple actions you can take:
Make a habit of recording your purchases: photograph items, unique marks, and any serial numbers, including the original purchase receipts. Send the pictures to a friend or family member so you have more than one copy or record them securely on the Immobilise National Property Register – immobilise.com. Any police report or insurance claim will be more effective and faster to complete when you have this information to hand.
Mark items: add your postcode, your phone number, or some other number meaningful to you. Various marking and labeling methods are available, but any manner of mark will help – it doesn’t have to cost anything.
Register items: Consider registering your items on a police-connected database. Visit your local constabulary website for recommendations in the loss and theft section. Such registration not only helps Police return your property but may also prevent criminals from easily selling it.
Day 2 at #ESS2021 has started well. We are getting many visitors to our stand, demonstrating the value of our data-driven solutions to support law enforcement. We had the pleasure of being visited by Bonnie, one of the search dogs from the National Search & Rescue Dog Association, who made great use of our stress balls. If you would like one, we are on stand H93. Talk to us about how we can help you combat retail fraud, property crime, and much more. #lawenforcement#police#retail
To secure a bike, all you need to find is the frame number or add any marking product and record that number instead. It’s completely free, forever. If your bike goes missing, you can easily log in to immobilise.com 24/7 and change the status to lost or stolen, making it immediately visible to police and traceable back to you. Registration could be the difference between a criminal getting away with it or being charged and your bike being returned.