[VIC] Bicycle Theft an Engraving Issue

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  1. cfsmtb

    cfsmtb New Member

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    Thought this media release from the local wallopers may interest some folks in Melbourne.

    Bicycle Theft an Engraving Issue
    http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=3720

    Fri 27 January 2006. Melbourne West Bike Patrol

    With new bicycles on top of many people’s Christmas wish-lists last year, Victoria Police is urging cyclists to have their licence numbers engraved.

    Police members will offer a free engraving service at Federation Square on Tuesday 31 January 2006 between the hours of 7am and 7pm.

    Senior Constable Emma Green of the Melbourne Bicycle Squad said engraving bikes with licence numbers dramatically increased the likelihood of a bike being returned to its rightful owner.

    “While having a bike engraved doesn’t stop a bike being stolen, it greatly assists in getting the bike back to the owner if it was stolen and recovered,” Senior Constable Green said.

    “By offering this free service and encouraging people to take proactive steps in relation to their property, we can greatly increase the chance of stolen property being returned in the unfortunate event of a theft.”

    Senior Constable Green said she was looking forward to engaging with other cyclists on Tuesday.

    “We’re hoping a lot of people can make it down to Federation Square throughout the day to get their bikes engraved and have a chat with us to see what other safety tips we can pass on.”

    For those who cannot make it to Federation Square on Tuesday, local police stations offer a free bike engraving service.

    Kitty Walker
    Media Officer
     
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  2. TimC

    TimC Guest

    On 2006-01-27, cfsmtb (aka Bruce)
    was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
    >
    > Thought this media release from the local wallopers may interest some
    > folks in Melbourne.
    >
    > Bicycle Theft an Engraving Issue
    > http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=3720
    >
    > Fri 27 January 2006. Melbourne West Bike Patrol
    >
    > With new bicycles on top of many people’s Christmas wish-lists last
    > year, Victoria Police is urging cyclists to have their licence numbers
    > engraved.


    Has anyone here gotten a non-Kmart quality bike engraved? Does it
    weaken the bottom bracket? Does it make things prone to rusture?

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    TimC
    Just because they are called 'forbidden' transitions does not mean
    that they are forbidden. They are less allowed than allowed
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  3. DaveB

    DaveB Guest

    cfsmtb wrote:

    >
    > Police members will offer a free engraving service at Federation Square
    > on Tuesday 31 January 2006 between the hours of 7am and 7pm.
    >


    Wouldn't mind getting the OCR done but too scared to ride it to work in
    case it gets knocked off. Might get the MTB done but my attitude has
    generally been if you get desperate enough to knock off that old beast,
    you can have it.

    >
    > For those who cannot make it to Federation Square on Tuesday, local
    > police stations offer a free bike engraving service.


    Beauty, that sounds like the go. Would they get sick of me after the
    first 3 bikes?

    DaveB
     
  4. TimC

    TimC Guest

    On 2006-01-27, DaveB (aka Bruce)
    was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
    > cfsmtb wrote:
    >> For those who cannot make it to Federation Square on Tuesday, local
    >> police stations offer a free bike engraving service.

    >
    > Beauty, that sounds like the go. Would they get sick of me after the
    > first 3 bikes?


    They'd probably arrest you on suspicion of stealing bikes :)

    Or suspicion of being a communist.


    Via peter f on pub_bike:

    Dear Dr. Science,
    How come when you're riding a ten speed bicycle, when you're not
    pedaling the bike makes a clicking noise?
    from Mike Walker of Deming, NM

    Mike, let's get this straight from the starting gate. I don't
    ride bicycles. Ever since I realized how ergonomically efficient
    the bicycle is, I knew that I would be doing a disservice to our
    petrochemical and nuclear energy industries by participating in
    this form of mechanical subversion. If you could build a bicycle
    that somehow consumed gasoline or uranium, well, maybe I could be
    persuaded to hop on, but until that time I'll either ride in an
    automobile or stay put, thank you. To answer your question, that
    little clicking noise is a gauge put on your bike by the
    Communists who made it. It's counting off all the lost oil
    revenue, the money not going into American coffers because you
    chose to ride a Communist produced instrument of subversion. If
    that makes you feel a bit guilty as you ride, relax, it should.

    --
    TimC
    Quantum Mechanics is a lovely introduction to Hilbert Spaces! --unknown
     
  5. In article
    <[email protected]>,
    TimC <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Has anyone here gotten a non-Kmart quality bike engraved?


    Yes.

    > Does it weaken the bottom bracket? Does it make things prone to rusture?


    No. It's not particularly deep engraving, and you can just run over it
    with something like nail polish if you're paranoid. It's often done just
    up from the bottom bracket, to avoid the serial number already stamped
    there.

    But they do have a thing about its needing to be a driving licence
    number.

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  6. On 2006-01-27, Shane Stanley <[email protected]> wrote:
    > But they do have a thing about its needing to be a driving licence
    > number.


    The idea there is that, by engraving it with your driver's license
    number, they can trace the owner of the bike through the VicRoads (or
    other state) registry. Basically: V (for Victoria), followed by your
    DLN. Queensland, presumably, would be Q then the number; WA, W then the
    number, etc. Not sure what they'd do for NSW or the NT.

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  7. On 2006-01-27, Shane Stanley <[email protected]> wrote:
    > But they do have a thing about its needing to be a driving licence
    > number.


    The idea there is that, by engraving it with your driver's license
    number, they can trace the owner of the bike through the VicRoads (or
    other state) registry. Basically: V (for Victoria), followed by your
    DLN. Queensland, presumably, would be Q then the number; WA, W then the
    number, etc. Not sure what they'd do for NSW or the NT.

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  8. smartie

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    How would Carbon Fibre fare with the engravers touch.:eek: I can just see the warranty claims now......

    (Not that i have enough CF on my bike to worry about it.)
     
  9. smartie

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    How would Carbon Fibre fare with the engravers touch.:eek: I can just see the warranty claims now......

    (Not that i have enough CF on my bike to worry about it.)
     
  10. alison_b

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    Neighbourhood watch also have regular 'marking' events - they used an invisible pen or similar. Apparently it shows up under some kind of light.

    cheers,
    ali
     
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    Neighbourhood watch also have regular 'marking' events - they used an invisible pen or similar. Apparently it shows up under some kind of light.

    cheers,
    ali
     
  12. In article <[email protected]>,
    Stuart Lamble <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The idea there is that, by engraving it with your driver's license
    > number, they can trace the owner of the bike through the VicRoads (or
    > other state) registry.


    I understand that, but not everyone has a driver's license.

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  13. In article <[email protected]>,
    Stuart Lamble <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The idea there is that, by engraving it with your driver's license
    > number, they can trace the owner of the bike through the VicRoads (or
    > other state) registry.


    I understand that, but not everyone has a driver's license.

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    Shane Stanley
     
  14. cfsmtb

    cfsmtb New Member

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    Yes, and as one of those freaks, I'll simply use my partners license. :)
     
  15. cfsmtb

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    Yes, and as one of those freaks, I'll simply use my partners license. :)
     
  16. In article <[email protected]>,
    cfsmtb <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'll simply use my partners license.


    Could make for messy break-ups. "Hey, that's my Luna -- it's even got my
    licence number on it." ;-)

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  17. In article <[email protected]>,
    cfsmtb <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'll simply use my partners license.


    Could make for messy break-ups. "Hey, that's my Luna -- it's even got my
    licence number on it." ;-)

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  18. cfsmtb

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    Salient point there Mr Stanley.
     
  19. cfsmtb

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    Salient point there Mr Stanley.
     
  20. warrwych

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    No one gets MY loony bike!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :D
     
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