Ever had that horrible sinking feeling when you go to unlock your bike to find someone has beaten you to it? Having a bike stolen is a horrible experience at the best of times, but the thought that someone may be flogging your pride and joy on eBay to make a quick buck or enjoy riding it around just to dump it somewhere is even worse. Thankfully, with the right precautions you can avoid most opportunist thieves with the right lock and equipment - check out our article here for some top tips on keeping your steed safe.
If the worst does happen and your bike is stolen, there are other ways to ensure your bike is never gone for too long.
Bike Shepherd is a free, global anti-theft bicycle service that uses mobile phones, scannable QR code tags and social media to fight bike theft. Bike Shepherd was created to fight the high levels of bike theft and to provide cyclists with tools to protect and recover their bikes. They do this using technology, social networking and a grass-roots approach to give cyclists the power to protect their own bikes. People like you. While global in reach, they work locally, harnessing the energy of your friends, family and fellow cyclists in your neighborhood to look out for each other. Call it a Neighborhood Bike Watch program run by you.
Bike Shepherd is free. Free to register, list, access and use. Registering your bike is the first line of defense. Your serial number is the only link between you and your bike, it makes it traceable, proves your ownership, and increases the chance of recovery from 2-4% to 20-40%. When you register you get a free certificate of registration. If you move, the registration moves with you, wherever you are.
The Bike Shepherd website, www.bikeshepherd.org, allows you to register your bike(s) on a global database, list stolen bikes, send out Stolen Bike Alerts (SBAs) via social media, view the stolen bike database and report thefts online. The site is also geo-tagged so stolen bikes are listed by local area on a map.
To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 85 ID tags, all you need to do is answer the question below:
Bike Shepard ID tags use a QR code to identify your bike, but what does 'QR' stand for?
The winners will be the first eighty five correct answers drawn after the closing date. Winners will be notified by email. Entrants email addresses will be passed to Bike Shepherd for marketing purposes, you will be able to opt out of any future marketing from Bike Shepherd should you wish.
For further information about Bike Shepherd please visit www.bikeshepherd.org
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