register your bikes online

by jezzzer   May 5, 2010  

finally got around to noting down the serial numbers of my bikes and registering them with the police.

nice and easy, and best of all, free.

wish i'd done it to the ones that got nicked a coupla years ago, but hopefully if it ever happens again, I might get them back.

http://www.immobilise.com

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I'm suspicious of immobilise.com - they aren't the police. I've searched their website and they have no statement about how they would protect my data, or who has access to their database. How do I know that it can't be used as a burglary menu?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1405 posts]
6th May 2010 - 11:12

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cat1commuter wrote:
I'm suspicious of immobilise.com - they aren't the police. I've searched their website and they have no statement about how they would protect my data, or who has access to their database. How do I know that it can't be used as a burglary menu?

it's a fair question. this page (http://www.immobilise.com/privacy.html) might answer some of your questions, otherwise maybe you can email them to ask more specific stuff.

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posted by jezzzer [339 posts]
7th May 2010 - 10:02

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jezzzer wrote:
it's a fair question. this page (http://www.immobilise.com/privacy.html) might answer some of your questions, otherwise maybe you can email them to ask more specific stuff.

As far as I can tell, that is more or less a standard website data protection act statement. On their "About Us" page they say:

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This online checking service is used by all UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property. In addition Immobilise is checked daily by a huge range of recovery agencies and lost property offices including the Transport For London Lost Property Office.

Which sounds to me like large numbers of people have access to their database. I would expect the queries that their users can run against the database are restricted, but there is no information about this.

They do not provide an email address on their contact page.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1405 posts]
7th May 2010 - 10:50

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Big Grin Take a pic of bike and serial number and buy decent insurance either home or bike specialist.

End of.

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posted by Zaskar [137 posts]
8th May 2010 - 19:15

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