Bike identification is Key to Reducing Bike Theft!

September 21, 2020 By Brad Kellas 1847 Stolen Bikes, 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 - The VAULT solution combines advanced bike identification with the premium BIKE ID KIT+ (RRP $34.95) including DataDotDNA - providing OVERT, COVERT, STEALTH, and INVISIBLE identification to the whole bike.  Combined with free registration on the BikeVAULT platform - providing digital identity protection for life and the following no-cost included benefits:

  • Full lifecycle bike identification, ownership, and provenance tracking with blockchain encryption.
  • When selling your registered bike, utilise BikeVAULT’s  - Registered Bike Sale platform and potentially achieve a higher resale value.  Like a VIN check for a car, the sale platform enables a buyer to conduct a provenance check, with the added benefit of linking to online selling platforms, helping your bike stand out in a crowded second-hand market.
  • When you sell your bike, the registration and logbook can be transferred to the new owner, providing peace of mind to the purchaser and ensuring the bike’s provenance remains intact.

In the unfortunate event, your bike is stolen, BikeVAULT comes to the fore, providing:

  • A tailored public and police accessible stolen report designed to maximise the odds of recovery.
  • Proven to work - tips, tools, and resources, to aid recovery.
  • An advanced search engine to ensure your bike can be easily found.
  • Social media connectivity and support from BikeVAULT’s online community, who help to find, and report stolen bikes when advertised for sale online, or at second-hand dealers.
  • Online theft recovery support from BikeVAULT’s police trained admins, who are experts in bike identification and aiding recovery.

HIGH-GRADE LOCKS - VAULT’s range of quality bike locks are supplied with a complimentary BIKE ID KIT and come with the full BikeVAULT benefits to provide the ultimate solution to combat bike theft before and after a 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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