Theft is on my mind. I have just ordered a rather expensive bicycle and Josh Quigley, a man who wants to cycle around the world, had his bicycle stolen in London this week before he’d had the chance to even leave the country. Once my new Koga is delivered, I intend buying insurance (probably via Bikmo but if anyone has other suggestions, please let me know) but we all know that prevention is better than cure so earlier this week I posted the following tweet:
The tweet didn’t set the Internet alight but @NickyJim73 did point me in the direction of a company called Van Moof. Van Moof, based in Amsterdam, build trackers into their bicycles. Now that boat has sailed I’m afraid – I’m not about to cancel my order for a Koga – but this is an interesting story worth persisting with. Van Moof not only build bikes with trackers, they offer a finding service should your bicycle become the victim of a theft.
“After our debut theft-protected SmartBike received rave reviews in 2016, we turned a trial Bike Hunter service into a full-blown opt-in service for (almost) all VanMoof bikes. Our growing team of 13 Bike Hunters operates worldwide, with more than 100 bike hunts under their belt. They manage to find back 70% of stolen VanMoof bikes within two weeks. Which isn’t too bad compared to the European average — only 4% of stolen bikes are recovered by authorities.”Van Moof website
And the videos that Van Moof post to YouTube are both entertaining and very satisfying to watch. Here’s the one from March:
So is this the future? Well clearly it is and with 5G promising to connect everything with everything, it might not be too much to hope that one day bike theft could be a thing of the past.
What do you think? Have you ever used a bike tracker? Do they offer peace of mind? Or are they just a pain to maintain and keep charged?