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Recovered Brodie Bikes!

1 Dec

There were a couple of happy customers that stopped by our Broadway store this week after being reunited with their stolen bikes!

Unfortunately we have people come in all too often having had their bikes stolen.

Luckily enough we also get a lot of people coming in with big smiles after getting their bike back!

There are always things you can do to try and minimize the chances of having your bike stolen. A good quality lock, having your bike equipped with NON Quick Release levers, locking the bike correctly!!

Also worth trying to lock the bike at busier, generally more frequented locations such as coffee shops, grocery stores as opposed to places such as Sky Train stations, outside cinemas, libraries etc. where people are normally gone for a period of time.

We always take customers details, name, phone number and record the Serial Number of the bike. Now that we are computerized we email a copy of the receipt so there is a paper and electronic copy of the serial number.

Recently, the VPD recently teamed up with the PROJECT 529 AP (bike registry ap) to try and make the reporting and recovery of stolen bikes much easier and faster.

“Despite enforcement, and initiatives like Bait Bikes, over 2000 bicyles are stolen in Vancouver every year. In the summer months, nine bikes are stolen every day.

On the flipside, the VPD recovers roughly 2000 bicycles in a year. Unfortunately, the majority of them will never be returned to their owners, as their serial numbers have not been reported to police, making them untraceable. These bikes will end up at auction, but we’d rather return them to their rightful owners.”

 

 

 

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Another STOLEN Bike RECOVERY success story!

28 Jan

EVAN gets reunited with his BRODIE Romulus.

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We got a call from the VPD today informing us they had pulled someone over “known to them” riding on the sidewalk with no helmet, on a bike that looked too nice.

After inspecting the bike they noticed one of our Bike Shop “punch card” stickers and called us.

Time being of the essence, we tracked down the owner of the bike via our receipt books.

We called the police back to confirm who bought it, then we called the customer to confirm it had been stolen (it was stolen yesterday and serial# had not yet been reported to the police) PLEASE make sure to call the police to report the serial number as soon as possible so the bike can be listed as stolen!

Within a few hours the police returned the bike to the rightful owner. They brought the bike to us to make use of our years worth of free tune up’s with ALL NEW bike purchases and to thank us.

At the same time, invest in a high quality lock and anti-theft skewers so hopefully it will now be safe and sound.

Always glad to head of good luck stories, such as Kayla Smith, our customer who famously got her stolen MASI CX Comp back herself from the thief trying to sell it on Craigslist.

ETIANNE was another success story, after we recognized his heavily customized Fixed Gear and got it back to him.

Glad to see EVAN back with his bike, never one to miss the photo op we gave him a free t-shirt (We sell RIDE ON shirts now!)

Ride On 2014 Sticker Meet our 2014 “Punch Card” stickers.

We stamp the month that your bike was purchased. YOU get 1 years worth of FREE LABOR with each new bike.

WE get some free advertising (WE also know when you bought it and you don’t have to bring receipts to redeem tune-ups) and in this case it made tracking though our paper receipts incredibly fast!

Please keep our stickers ON, free advertising for US… free tune up’s for YOU! Write your name etc. on there, clear tape over the top to secure it and make it’s a nuisance to take off!

(We even have the stickers made specifically to be marker friendly!)

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