Till theft us do part16 Feb 2007
Bikeregister.com, an online initiative to reduce theft and aid recovery of stolen bicycles continues to grow. Following a link-up with specialist cycle shops around the UK it is now even easier for customers who buy new bikes to register…
Working in conjunction with security firm Selectamark, which owns and maintains bikeregister.com, computer software group Abacus has installed specialist software at the till points in a number of cycle shops, which means that new bikes can be registered as they are purchased.
Nick Lee, an experienced computer programmer who founded Abacus 18 years ago, was responsible for devising the till software. He said: “The software is very easy for staff to use and no specific training is necessary. At point of sale the till operator will need to take some personal details from the purchaser and then ask them whether they wish to register their bike on bikeregister.com. The operator then has the option of pushing a button that confirms either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to register the bike. The details are passed directly to bikeregister.com and held on their secure database. It’s as simple as that.”
The bikeregister.com database, which can be accessed by police forces nationwide, is the most comprehensive bike register in the UK.
“We have been working with Selectamark on this project for about 18 months now and the system has just gone live,” said Nick. “It works very well and means that purchasers do not have to go home and register online themselves – although they can still do that. If they choose to do it in-store, everything is done for them, all they need to do is confirm whether they wish their bike to be registered. It totally bypasses the need for any paperwork.”
Bikeregister.com is run by Selectamark, which specialises in security marking and identification of property. Having marked more than 20 million items worldwide, Selectamark bought bikeregister.com in 2001, and combined this database with its own Bicycle Security Register formed in 1992.
The website issues log books as part of the security system which work in the same way as a vehicle log book does – proving who the bike belongs to. If sold, the log book is passed on to the next owner, who then registers the ownership details in their name.
Chris Taylor, managing director of Selectamark, said:” Using the latest technology at the till allows retailers to offer bike registration to the customer at the time of sale with no additional time involved, no forms or paperwork. Owners have registration for life and a log book to prove ownership when the bike is sold.”
Bikeregister.com also provides protection for buyers and sellers of second hand bikes. Those considering purchasing a second hand bike can check a frame number with the database to confirm it hasn’t been reported stolen.
Major insurance companies now insist that bikes worth over £1,000 are registered, security marked and Datatagged, the Gold option on Bikeregister. It makes sense for purchasers of more expensive bikes to register on line athttp://www.bikeregister.com By re.gistering, bike details are held on the database for the lifetime of the bike.”
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