Biking is becoming every year a more popular form of transportation in Scandinavia and Baltics during the summer season, which also leads to increasing amount of stolen bikes. According to Finnish Federation of Financial Services, in Finland alone over 17,000 bikes were reported as stolen to insurance companies last year. According to Bike-ID, the number in whole Europe is over 3,5 million stolen bikes in a yearly basis.
To tackle the problem of bike security, startup company Bike-ID has created an innovative solution for decreasing bike thefts in Estonia. The system allows bike owners to register their rides for free to their database by frame number, which helps identifying the owners of lost and stolen bikes.
“As thieves remove the frame numbers of stolen bikes, we have created a security solution that helps to verify the owner of the bike,” says Meeri Klausen, the CEO of Bike-ID.
In Bike-ID, one may purchase in the registered bicycle a tamper proof security sticker and 300 titanium micro-tags that all bear a unique serial number for identification. The micro-tags are invisible to the eye as the diameter of one tag is approximately 0,4 millimeters. Klausen emphasizes that applying the security elements in a bike takes only few minutes, but the erasing of the tags and stickers is impossible without damaging significantly the surface of the bike.