As riders, we know buying a new motorcycle is always cause for celebration and few riders can resist first shopping for some shiny farkles like aftermarket exhausts, custom seats, or auxiliary lights. For Luc, an avid motorcyclist from the Netherlands, however, the priority wasn’t fun bike accessories: having experienced bike theft before, Luc first invested in a tough security system – including a Monimoto tracker.
“I live in a city apartment block with underground parking, which presumably should be safe. However, in 2016, my 2016 KTM 1290 Superduke R was stolen. The bike was locked with an alarm and a chain lock on a light pole. The thieves pulled up around 3 AM and just cut the lock with some bolt cutters. I was literally sick for a whole week! The very idea of some thieves observing you for days and taking something near and dear to you felt so creepy. Luckily, I was properly insured, and after about a month and a half, I received a payout for the stolen bike. After that, however, I am really cautious with my bikes”, Luc told us.
Having experienced motorcycle theft previously, Luc now makes sure all his bikes are secured as best as humanly possible. He owns a Honda Grom 125, a Vespa GTS 300, and a Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP, and all his motorcycles are kept in the underground garage of his apartment building, secured with chains and locks and now, Monimoto trackers.
“Normally, after buying a new bike – I got the Hypermotard earlier last year – I start out by buying a great sounding exhaust system or some bling, but not this time! The first thing I bought was a Monimoto 2g tracker. I found a sweet place on the bike for it and installed the tracker. I did invest in a disc lock with alarm, proper chain lock, and an alarm for the bike itself, too, for good measure”, Luc shared.
Despite all his efforts, Luc was unexpectedly woken by the Monimoto alarm one night. “Every night, I put my phone in night mode to avoid getting distracted or bothered by social media notifications. However, I had programmed a few numbers to bypass the night mode in case of emergencies – phone numbers of my loved ones, of course, but also the Monimoto alarm, assigning a loud ringtone to the number so I would immediately know what’s going on”, Luc said.
When he heard the Monimoto call in the middle of the night, Luc reacted without hesitation. Throwing some clothes on, he ran down to the underground parking hoping to catch the thieves in action… But his motorcycle was already gone.
Police Chase after the Hypermotard
Realizing the bike was already taken, Luc was quick to think on his feet. He got into his car and dialed 911 immediately; leaving the property, he saw that the motorcycle thieves had forced the locked gates leading into the apartment blocks.
“At this exact moment, I got the first update from the Monimoto tracker. It was about 2 kilometers away. I pretty much hurried as fast as possible to the location and met the police officers in their car along the way. When I went over to them and explained who I was, I got the second Monimoto update. The thieves went on the freeway and sped off to the nearest city. I showed the officers the location and hopped in the back of their police car”, Luc recalled.
What followed was nothing short of a full-on police chase: the second location Monimoto had sent off was approximate, so the officers couldn’t tell where the thieves and the stolen bike were exactly. They waited for another two minutes and, sure enough, Monimoto had updated the location of the Hypermotard.
“This time, the police officers called in eight backup cars to the new location. As we sped off to move to the last location we received from the tracker, I heard that the other officers had stopped someone in a small working van. Miraculously, when they opened the back of the van, there it was – a red Ducati and another bike”, Luc said.
With stress and adrenaline running high, Luc couldn’t remember the license plate number of his Hypermotard for a moment, but after calming down a little, he was able to identify his motorcycle. The driver of the van was arrested on the spot, handcuffed, and escorted to the police station. Luc followed the officers to the station to fill out some paperwork.
Two for The Price of One
In addition to Luc’s stolen Ducati, the van also held another motorcycle stolen from the same underground parking lot. If it wasn’t for the Monimoto tracker, the thieves would have likely gotten away with stealing two bikes – the property had clearly been spotted and monitored before the thugs made their move. Luc told us his neighbor was extremely grateful to get his bike back, understandably so: “The neighbor with the other bike is very very thankful that I had the tracker installed and bought a Monimoto set right after”, Luc shared.
Right now, Luc’ motorcycle is still in police impound as it is an ongoing case, and it’s still unclear whether the recovered Ducati suffered any damages. However, Luc tells us he is convinced the Monimoto tracker is absolutely essential for any bike owner. “I have not yet seen my bike but what I do know is that the Monimoto tracker is 100% worth it. I advise everybody to buy this device, and it’s not a sales pitch. I know this whole story sounds like a scene of an action movie, but this is what happened, and I’m just grateful Mnimoto helped recover my and my neighbor’s bikes and get the perpetrator arrested”, Luc said.
We’re stoked our tracker enabled Luc and his neighbor’s bikes to be recovered so quickly, and we wish them many happy miles aboard their magnificent steeds!
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