Previously, I had the opportunity to discuss my thoughts on electric bike locks and provide tips on electric bike security. However, what if despite your best efforts, your electric bike falls victim to theft?
Yes, it’s undoubtedly a terrible situation, and I empathize with you deeply if you have experienced it. But don’t despair just yet! In this article, I aim to share valuable advice on how to reclaim your stolen e-bike.
The first crucial step is to spread the word immediately! Timing is of the essence, as the thief may leisurely roam the town on your e-bike before attempting to sell it to someone else.
Allow me to share a true story: During my time at a bike shop, my boss’s bike was stolen from his house on a Friday night. However, the following Saturday morning, during our meeting, he informed us about the incident. Astonishingly, by the afternoon, he had his bike returned! As fate would have it, the thief actually brought the bike into the store, lacking a lock to secure it. How ironic! The police were promptly called, and my co-workers successfully kept the thief occupied until their arrival. Thus, the moral of the story is that swift dissemination of information works wonders, and some thieves are not exactly the brightest bulbs.
Now, let’s delve into some effective strategies for circulating information about your stolen bike.
Utilize a GPS transmitter to track your e-bike. Although relatively new, this technology can be invaluable if you are at the forefront of innovation. By attaching a GPS transmitter to your e-bike, you can accurately track its whereabouts and provide the tracking information to your local police. It’s worth noting that GPS tracking played a pivotal role in the recovery of an owner’s Stromer ST2, along with 50 other stolen bikes! The potential here is remarkable.
One remarkable GPS tracking device is the Boomerang Cyclotrac. This device is equipped with an alarm and can be mounted to your bike’s water bottle cage. If anyone attempts to tamper with your bike, an alarm will sound, and the Boomerang app on your smartphone will promptly alert you. Furthermore, the GPS tracking feature will provide you with the precise location of your bike. For additional information, please watch the informative video provided in this link:
Next, we have BikeTrak, another exceptional GPS tracking system currently in development. BikeTrak will notify you if your bike unexpectedly moves and can track it if stolen. By clicking on a link, you can access your bike’s location, enabling you to monitor it conveniently through your smartphone or computer. This link can also be shared with the police, facilitating their assistance in locating and retrieving your stolen property.
Remember, in unfortunate circumstances like these, swift action and effective communication are paramount. Don’t lose hope – there are always options available to recover your stolen e-bike.
Tell the police
Inform the authorities that your bicycle has been stolen. Provide them with a detailed description of your bike, including the serial number. (For more information on serial numbers, refer to the electric bike security article.) Additionally, hand them a flyer containing a photograph of your e-bike.
Distribute posters throughout the town, showcasing your cherished missing e-bike along with its distinct features. I was swiftly able to identify my sibling’s stolen bike due to a unique customization on the frame.
Email, Facebook and Tweet
Reach out to your friends through email, Facebook, and Twitter to assemble a group of stolen bike investigators. Using social media is an incredibly effective method of swiftly spreading the word about your stolen bike to a large audience.
Register your e-bike at StolenBicycleRegistry.com
Enroll your e-bike on this online resource, so that anyone who may come across your bike can check its serial number against the database.
Check Craigslist and local classified ads
Monitor Craigslist and other classified ad platforms in your vicinity to determine if the thief is attempting to sell your bike. Keep in mind that sometimes, thieves are not particularly astute.
Inspect local pawn shops
Visit nearby pawn shops, as they are often a likely destination for selling stolen bikes in a hurry.
Inform your local bike shops
Notify your neighborhood bike shops about your stolen bike. As was the case with my supervisor’s bike, bike shops can assist in recovering the stolen property if they are aware. Engage in conversations with the employees at your local bike shop(s) and leave them with some flyers. Utilize their bulletin board to display your flyer, informing their customers as well.
Consider home owners or renters insurance
Explore the option of home owners or renters insurance. In many cases, bicycles are covered under this type of insurance. However, it may not always be cost-effective. I have heard rumors that filing too many claims can significantly raise your monthly premium, so it is advisable to investigate this matter thoroughly before filing a claim for your e-bike.
I sincerely hope that these suggestions prove helpful in the unfortunate event that your electric bike is stolen. Employing these recommendations increases the chances of recovering your e-bike. Remember, taking immediate action is crucial in reclaiming your electric bike.
Please share your own tips or experiences by leaving a comment below.