By Jordan Gibbons
Anti-theft volunteer group Biker Biker have stepped up their patrol and recovery work, returning bikes to their rightful owners completely free of charge. Working with Knights Recovery, a Kent-based independent recovery service, Biker Biker have saved hundreds of owners hefty official fees.
If you have a bike stolen and the police recover it for you, they charge £150 plus £10 per day storage – something Biker Biker feel is wrong. “Doing these free recoveries is so important to us,” says Shane, Biker Biker’s founder. “We are bikers at the end of the day and just want to see people reunited with their pride and joy.”
Since MCN last went out on an anti-theft patrol with Biker Biker, even catching some thieves red handed, the group have upped their recoveries considerably and now average two a week. The money to support the group and their recoveries comes from fund raising at biker events.
They have also increased their proactive work, attending BSB meets, the Southend Shakedown and the 1066 run to help raises awareness of their work. The group also hand out advice to fellow bikers about a range of theft deterrents they say really work.
“The police have been very supportive of what we do,” adds Shane. “There’s a few people out there now setting up similar things but they’re not doing it properly. We’re completely above board. The best thing that these people could do is come out with us to increase our support.”
One of their most recent recoveries was a custom painted Ducati Multistrada 1000, which was stolen last year. The owner had rebuilt it with this father and spent considerable time and money adding the tricolore paintscheme.
After discovering the bike, Biker Biker took the machine back and with the help of the Met Police reunited it with the owner. In an amazing twist, Biker Biker found a member of one of the notorious ‘biketaker’ gangs attempting to sell the machine soon after, suggesting any longer and it would have been gone forever.