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Bike Hunters

VanMoof Bike Hunt Report: August

Would you buy a second-hand bike? Chances are, the answer’s yes. But would you check to see if that bike has been registered stolen? This month, we took to the streets to try and break the cycle of bike theft – with some handy tips for second-hand buyers.

We may chase bike thieves across the world and back, but we’re also committed to tackling the issue of theft at its source. As part of our pledge to end bike theft by 2020, we’re zeroing in on thieves’ motives and opportunities, and stamping them out wherever we can.

It’s an uncomfortable truth, but thieves only steal bikes because they know that someone will buy them. And if buyers don’t check where that bargain-priced is coming from, they may be indirectly supporting crime.

This week, we asked members of the public whether they’d ever bought a second-hand bike… and if they checked to see if it had been stolen. The results would be shocking if they weren’t so predictable, so stay tuned for tips on how to avoid buying stolen.

Meanwhile, our star Bike Hunter Eus is neck-deep in his riskiest mission yet. Working with undercover police officers, Eus and tech expert Paweł set a trap for a high-value criminal, and watch to see if he’ll take the bait.

Will they blow their cover? Will they recover the stolen bikes? Click play to find out.

Does the thought of someone stealing your Smart or Electrified send you into a cold sweat? Peace of Mind Service to the rescue! It’s our ironclad guarantee that we’ll recover your bike in the event it gets stolen.

How does Peace of Mind theft protection work? Simple. When you report your bike stolen in the VanMoof app, we alert our ruthless Bike Hunter team to track it down. If we can’t recover it for you within two weeks, we'll replace it with a bike of the same (or better) age and condition.

Peter Gigg

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Peter Gigg is VanMoof's resident Brit. He enjoys writing, running, and remaining in the EU.