If you are wondering just how useful GPS trackers are, the answer is that they really are.
Somewhere in the United Kingdom, someone thought stealing a bike would be perfect—a quick snap of bolt cutters and anyone can just walk a bike away. A lot of people use bikes, so nobody would suspect a thing.
How the Owner Recovered Missing Bike
Unfortunately for the thief, the bike had a tracker built into its frame, which led the owner to the new home the missing bike was taken to. Instead of busting the door open to claim his two-wheeler, however, the owner decided to give the thief an ultimatum—to either return the missing bike before the end of the week or to have his home visited by “our majesty’s finest.”
Aaron Rush, the owner of the missing bike, made the demand in a form of a letter, which became somewhat of an Internet hit after it was picked up online.
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The letter began, “Dear douchebag bike thief” in capital letters, then proceeded on to explain how they were able to trace the bike, letting the thief know that a tracker is fitted inside the frame.
It continued, “Hi there! You stole my bike last night. Admittedly, I was kind of ticked off about this, but less so when I realized that you left your face on camera at the station. And also, you may not have realized, but this is not the first bike I’ve had stolen, so I put a tracer inside the bike frame. So unfortunately for you, I know where you live. Please, dear bike thief, don’t take this as a threat, I’m sure you had your reasons, I just want my bike back.”
Rush then gave an ultimatum, saying, “All I am asking is if you return the bike before the end of this week, that will be the end of it. If not, you’ll be getting a visit by our majesty’s finest.”
He also described his bike as a “grey Giant” just in case the thief took more than one and would not know which one to return, and he signed off with “Have a good day! Sincerely, the poor student with no money but a working printer.”
In an interview with Mail Online, Rush said that he discovered the missing bike after he used it to get to his new workplace in Hertfordshire. He said that he decided to cycle to work after spending the first few weeks walking. He shared, “I started cycling in, and literally after one day of having my bike there, the bike got nicked.”
After his bike was stolen, he decided to tape the letters to the bike rack where it was stolen from before he checked the tracker, saying that he thought it might give the thief a bit of a scare and so that he could give him a chance to return it without having to call the police.
However, the letters got a lot of attention when Rush posted it on his Facebook page, where it was picked up by a number of his friends before going viral and tweeted by tech company Blaze the following weekend.
Unfortunately, the thief ignored the angry letter soon after the tracker attached to the missing bike ran out of batteries. Rush said that the whole endeavor was “disappointing,” because he did not recover the stolen bike, and the loss was not covered by his insurance either.