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Preventing Your Trials Bike Getting Stolen?

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9 hours ago, thats_a_five said:

Reportedly they will communicate using Bluetooth with any phones with the app loaded, and communicate their location to the owner of the device.  This information could then be communicated to police to help recover the bike. Has anyone tried such a device?

I must be misunderstanding you. You seem to be saying the thief has to have the app in his phone and be standing near the bike in order to transmit the tracking data. :huh:

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From what I understand, the device will communicate with any mobile phone that has the related app installed and in range.  So, if the crook has the app, they could lead the police right to themselves.  Even if they don’t have the app, if they drive past others who do have the app, the crooks will leave a series of electronic ”breadcrumbs” as they travel.  Of course the usefulness of this is directly related to how many people have the app on their phones. 

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You can't transfer meaningful data over bluetooth from driving past someone, they'd have to be close for at least 20 seconds

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On 27/01/2017 at 10:16 AM, chewy said:

Is it possible to collate what has been stolen and when and if when and where recovered just to see if there is a pattern. Here is not the place to discuss ways of trapping thieves but we surely all have an interest in this problem. It is important also to record your ownership and identify the goods ...Twice I have found my property only for our glorious police to give it back to the thief or his customer as my proof of ownership didn.t meet thier standards. I think it is only in the UK one can buy a new off road bike and not register it....one might save a few quid but is it worth it?.

You can register a bike in the UK for nothing (no £) so long as it is for off road use only.

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Looking at autotrader, ebay and other vehicle advertising sites you can see that some vehicles have their number plates blurred or covered up. All advertising sites should be compelled to publish the VIn(s) and Reg (if registered). If seller wont't supply the information advertiser should be compelled to report this  to police.

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19 hours ago, dadof2 said:

Looking at autotrader, ebay and other vehicle advertising sites you can see that some vehicles have their number plates blurred or covered up. All advertising sites should be compelled to publish the VIn(s) and Reg (if registered). If seller wont't supply the information advertiser should be compelled to report this  to police.

That would make cloning bikes so easy, theives everywhere would love it if that were done!

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On 23/04/2017 at 5:59 PM, turbofurball said:

That would make cloning bikes so easy, theives everywhere would love it if that were done!

Its a case of the lesser of 2 evils. Thieves can easily clone vehicles already. All cars VINS and reg Nos are clearly visible as they are on most motorcycles. On balance having VINS and Reg Nos on adverts would deter more theft than it would cause.

A couple of years ago the police called a person I know (she had never advertised her car). Apparently about 45 miles away an identical car with same Reg and VIN was suspected of being involved in a number of crimes.

Incidentally don't trust (regard as always 100% accurate) these vehicle checks. They can show nothing recorded when there is plenty of adverse history.

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Perhaps, but it's easier to find specific matching vehicles online - if you're cloning a silver Audi then why bother, but if you want to clone a rare bike in a rare colour it's going to be unusual to spot one on the steet.

 

Also, photographing vins in public might be seen as suspiscious, lol

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