A mobile app that has grown to become the USA’s largest and “most successful” anti-bike-theft program has told CI.N that it is soon to come to the UK.
Rejjee allows users to upload their bikes and an unlimited number of valuables, for which theft notices are posted on a cloud-based crowd-finding platform, which is accessed by local bike shops, as well as police forces. Furthermore, automated searches for similar products to those reported stolen are carried out.
An early success of the firm has been a SAFE bikes program launched in the Greater Boston area alongside local law enforcement and university campus police. The result of the drive produced a seven fold return of stolen bikes above the average rate.
Co-Founder Ken Smith told us: “It’s a free mobile app that lets you register your bike and report loss/theft right from your phone. Our automated searches look for similar products listed for re-sale on eBay or Craigslist or other sites where stolen bikes are often posted for sale. We also allow users to search by serial number to track down a stolen bike. Give it a try; go to Rejjee.com, Lost & Found, and search for Serial Number 54321 (that’s my bike and a sample report only). The app is entirely free and we sell security stickers 3 for $29.99 which help police and bike shops quickly ID a stolen bike and connect directly with the owner.”
Already selected by USA Cycling as their official bike registry app, a 2017 drive to register 1,000,000 bikes will see proceeds supporting the USAC & USA Cycling Team.
Key to the firm’s plan will be collaboration with police forces, for which the firm is now looking to open a dialogue.