• STATS! Stats Stats Stats Stats Stats Stats

    by Scott

    Let’s talk stats. No, wait, come back. Seriously, I’ll keep the stats talk short. But I would like to touch on bike theft stats to give you a sense of the problem confronting cyclists when they leave their bike unattended.

    While it’s great that cycling rates have been rising in many countries, unfortunately the dark downside to this has been a commensurate rise in bicycle thefts. It is estimated that more than a quarter million bikes are stolen in the United States every year. To put that in perspective, imagine one bike being stolen, now multiply that by a quarter million times each year. Did that help? No? Well you better come up with your own creative way to illustrate that, TV has ruined my imagination. 

    To make matters worse, it is estimated that a large percentage of thefts of bikes and thefts from bikes go unreported. Because bicycle theft statistics are generally lumped under general larceny and theft for accounting purposes, it is hard to get a firm handle on how many of these cases are actually solved. General estimates put the clearance rate at between 2 – 4%, compared to 15 – 20% on average for most other forms of larceny nationwide (sorry everyone, but solving bike thefts just isn’t a priority). One proposed reason for this is because bike owners oftentimes cannot produce serial numbers, receipts, or other proof of ownership. This is a problem when it comes to recovery, because even when stolen bicycles are found they are frequently left unclaimed by their original owner for lack of proof of ownership.

    NoJack aims to address the problem of bike theft by providing the user with tools to secure their bike and act as a powerful deterrent to stop bike thieves in the act before they can steal your ride. As to the problem of proof of ownership in the event that your bike is stolen, NoJack will allow you to photograph and record your serial number and other proof of ownership for retrieval. While this might be a minor inconvenience, it’s not nearly as inconvenient as finding out the police recovered your bike but can’t return it for lack of proof that it was originally yours.

    We consider anything that we can do to get more people cycling a net positive, both for their own health, the urban environment, and the global environment. Which is why we are trying to provide people with a powerful, cost-effective deterrent against bike theft. Yeah, we’re pretty cool like that.