Bike identification is Key to Reducing Bike Theft!

September 21, 2020 By Brad Kellas 1282 Bike Protection


A bike lock is an effective deterrent to opportunist bike theft and quality locks like the VAULT – premium range (‘D’, Folding and Chain) when used to secure the bike to a solid object will defeat most attempts.  Unfortunately, even quality locks on their own are little match for the determined recidivist bike thief who prowls the streets targeting commercial and residential storage areas for high-value bikes and is known to carry tools, including angle grinders that can defeat any lock.

To combat recidivist bike theft requires addressing why bikes are targeted

Targeted 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. They have virtually no fear of the stolen bike being identified and know that the likelihood of their crime being detected and being prosecuted by police is extremely low.

Rapid advancements in bike technology and the growth of the ‘E’ bike segment has led to ever-increasing bike values. This means greater profits for thieves and black-market traders and fuels an even stronger motivation for theft.

The cure is simple. Remove the thieves' and black market traders' profit motivation by making bikes easily identifiable, unsaleable, and too hot to handle. 

Sophisticated and robust but simple and affordable identification is key – VAULT has the solution

VAULT has partnered with DataDot Technology, the world leaders in anti-theft asset identification, to provide the most comprehensively integrated theft deterrence and recovery system available in Australia. The VAULT solution includes: 

ADVANCED BIKE ID - VAULT bike identification kits deliver Overt, Covert, Stealth and Digital identification to the whole bike. The premium BIKE ID KIT+ includes:

  • 1,000 DataDotDNA microdots (0.5mm in diameter) laser-etched with a unique identification code that is digitally locked to the bike for life in the secure BikeVAULT database.  The microdots are easily applied to bespoke locations on the bike using a fine tip brush applicator, proprietary DataTrace UV adhesive and removable marking rings for photographic recording.  This near-invisible identification makes it virtually impossible for a thief to re-identify a stolen bike.
  • BikeVAULT warning label to ward off potential thieves
  • High bond tamper evident labels with a proprietary UV Trace adhesive that leaves a hidden footprint in suitable painted / clearcoat surfaces. Included security labels:
    -1 x QR Code label - Providing quick scan VAULT status (SAFE - STOLEN or FOR SALE) and Ghost ID stenciling, providing hidden identification, visible by black light torch when the label is removed.
    -8 x Mini ID labels - Allow for discrete component identification.

Magnified view of DataDot microdot

FREE BikeVAULT REGISTRATION - PropertyVAULT is Australia’s leading anti-theft platform with a proven record of stolen property recovery. Free registration on the BikeVAULT section of PropertyVAULT offers much more than simple bike registration. BikeVAULT with blockchain encryption includes:

  • Full life cycle identification, ownership, and provenance tracking
  • Free registration and logbook transfer upon sale – providing a secure record of the bike’s ownership history to reassure prospective buyers of its provenance with the potential for improved resale value.
  • Free tips and tools to aid recovery if your bike is stolen, including monitored stolen notification and individualised support by VAULT’s recovery experts.

BikeVAULT website displayed on a mobile phone

HIGH-GRADE LOCKS - VAULT’s range of quality bike locks are supplied with a complimentary BIKE ID KIT and the added value of lifetime registration on BikeVAULT with complimentary theft recovery support if the bike is stolen.

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Start protecting your bike today

Register your bike with BikeVAULT for free and purchase a VAULT Lock and ID kit from one of our growing number of bike shop dealers or from our online store.


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