Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:59:43 +0000

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Vespa 2018 SuperSport (matte yellow). Vespa 2014 Sprint 125 3V ABS (Yellow)
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Joined: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:24:35 +0000
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Location: Wiltshire, England
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:59:43 +0000 linkquote
overnight into tuesday my beloved vespa was stolen from home. i discovered it had gone in the morning and did the obvious things. phoned the police and the insurance.

i then recalled that i had an apple airtag on the bike. these aren't designed for theft tracking and it therefore wasn't particularly hidden. it's mostly there in case i forget where i parked. these work by broadcasting their exact location in a way that other apple devices can pick up. if they do so, that device passes that information along so you can see where it is on a map. if you're within bluetooth range you can then track it down to the foot and it'll give you realtime distance and direction.

we saw it was reporting a location at a house 12 miles away. in an area that is known to be a little rough. a neighbour and i decided to drive past and see if my phone would give me an update. having done so i was able to get within 9ft of at least where the tag was - we didn't know if it was still attached to the vehicle. there was a van parked outside, a shed, and some tarps in the garden covering... something. meanwhile the airtag kept reporting 'low battery'.

that was obviously as much as we wanted to do without risking our safety or breaking the law. i phoned the police, but they could only promise to drive past within 24hrs. we went home.

a little later the police phoned to say they would be going by within the hour and would report back to us. we inadvisedly drove back and parked round the corner. not long after that we saw two police cars turn up. the police then phoned me and asked us to go away. which is reasonable! by the time we left we could see four police vehicles and flashlights being shone around. the police phoned to say they found my vespa and another bike. they said it generally seemed in good condition and still had the dog carrier bungied to the rear rack. they gave me the option of coming by and riding it home. but i was quite adrenalised and they also couldn't confirm whether it was actually ridable. so instead i let them recover it to a police facility.

so that was tuesday. on wednesday i jumped through a bunch of hoops and was then able to go to the police facility where it was. they offered to give me directions, but i said i still had the tracker on the bike and could see where it was.

they can't let any civilians into the facility but i was able to give them the key and advise them where to find the vin which is the one thing they needed. they, too, reported that the bike generally seemed in good condition. i had the option to pay £150 (for the recovery to the compound) and take ownership again. however in obtaining the vin they discovered that the key didn't work. and the steering wasn't locked. it also had no registration plate - i could have quickly got one made had that been the only issue.

it made sense, then, to go home empty handed and phone the insurance to see how they'd prefer to handle it. they have a third party who will handle recovering the bike from the police and doing a repair estimate. insurance will then make a decision whether to write it off or repair it. then it'll be a bunch of waiting for parts and repair i expect. and i'm sure i'll need to pay £400 which is the excess on my policy.

i'm somewhat hopeful that they'll repair it. though it obviously depends what else they find on closer inspection. my guess is the thieves wrenched the handlebars to break the steering lock and either that's enough to prevent the key working or it's broken some ignition gubbins.

it has been a stressful couple of days. but hopefully it's /kind/ of good news in the circumstances. i absolutely didn't expect it would be recovered. my airtag has earned a fresh new battery. and my dog would like her chariot back.


harley on the vespa, in less stressful times.

Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:54:19 +0000

Hooked
ex 1986 Vespa PX125, 2007 Vespa LX150
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Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:54:19 +0000 linkquote
What an adventure! I'm glad you found it....the worst is in the past....tell me, how does this air tag works? Care to share a link to the maker? Thx
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:55:38 +0000

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Location: Bay Area, California
 
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Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:55:38 +0000 linkquote
Mauro150LX wrote:
What an adventure! I'm glad you found it....the worst is in the past....tell me, how does this air tag works? Care to share a link to the maker? Thx
It's an Apple product: https://www.apple.com/airtag/
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:56:45 +0000

Ossessionato
2019 Supertech (EURO3/APAC 38,000km)
Joined: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 02:36:54 +0000
Posts: 2367
Location: Batmania aka Melbourne, Australia
 
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2019 Supertech (EURO3/APAC 38,000km)
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Location: Batmania aka Melbourne, Australia
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 23:56:45 +0000 linkquote
🤗

nice

reminds me that I probably should get an airtag or similar. the reason I haven't is that I use Android
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 00:03:46 +0000

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 00:03:46 +0000 linkquote
Not exactly a happy ending, yet, but at least a bit of closure...and justice.
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 00:31:43 +0000

Hooked
Vespa GTS 300
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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 00:31:43 +0000 linkquote
Congratulations that it turned out reasonably well. The worst is over...

Why should you pay the deductible? The causer (thief) should have recourse, right? Also the towing to the police station should be a problem of your insurance (and not yours).

Keep fingers crossed that the rest won't be too stressful. Good Luck!
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 06:15:00 +0000

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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 06:15:00 +0000 linkquote
I hope the worst of it is behind you and the rest of the saga is not too costly. Your adorable pup deserves to go riding.
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:55:26 +0000

Enthusiast
Vespa 2018 SuperSport (matte yellow). Vespa 2014 Sprint 125 3V ABS (Yellow)
Joined: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:24:35 +0000
Posts: 77
Location: Wiltshire, England
 
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Vespa 2018 SuperSport (matte yellow). Vespa 2014 Sprint 125 3V ABS (Yellow)
Joined: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:24:35 +0000
Posts: 77
Location: Wiltshire, England
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:55:26 +0000 linkquote
the only reason i would have paid the £150 to the police is if there had been no damage i could have ridden it home. my excess on the insurance is £400 so i'd just have been waiting around for the insurance to complicate things and i'd have had to pay that amount anyway as it was less than the deductible. at least my costs are limited to £400 if they don't write it off. but it's a waiting game now.

the police likely won't tell me if they caught the suspects, though that seems likely. i got the impression nobody was home at the time of the recovery so they were nurse-maiding the bikes until they recovered them, and were likely waiting around for anyone to come home.

if they have enough evidence to prosecute they might be in touch for my co-operation with that. and at that point you'd think i may be able to talk about compensation for my physical if not my emotional costs.

i've now seen a slightly blurry picture of the bike just after they pulled it off the thieves driveway. in general it does look alright. the dog carrier was bungied to the back and it looks like it's stacked on the front. i'm hoping there's no actual damage to that. something seems a bit strange near the ignition and curry hook and it kind of looks like the flyscreen isn't there or is broken - but those could all be tricks of the light and the angle. best i just wait for insurance to assess it.
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:57:04 +0000

Enthusiast
Vespa 2018 SuperSport (matte yellow). Vespa 2014 Sprint 125 3V ABS (Yellow)
Joined: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:24:35 +0000
Posts: 77
Location: Wiltshire, England
 
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Vespa 2018 SuperSport (matte yellow). Vespa 2014 Sprint 125 3V ABS (Yellow)
Joined: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 22:24:35 +0000
Posts: 77
Location: Wiltshire, England
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 09:57:04 +0000 linkquote
also, needless to say, i'll be upgrading my security at home.
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 22:13:39 +0000

Ossessionato
2019 Supertech (EURO3/APAC 38,000km)
Joined: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 02:36:54 +0000
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Location: Batmania aka Melbourne, Australia
 
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2019 Supertech (EURO3/APAC 38,000km)
Joined: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 02:36:54 +0000
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Location: Batmania aka Melbourne, Australia
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 22:13:39 +0000 linkquote
steelbytes wrote:
reminds me that I probably should get an airtag or similar. the reason I haven't is that I use Android
yesterday I got around to buying a couple of Tile Mate which work with Android and are considerably cheaper than Airtags but of course don't have as large a network* so not as ideal.


* Eufy make a tracker tag call 'Security SmartTrack Link' that does share access to Apple's network while still working with Android and is cheaper than Airtags but it isn't currently readily available in Australia so I didn't buy it, maybe next time.
Fri, 25 Nov 2022 23:02:57 +0000

Addicted
2015 BV350 2007 GTS(sold) 2003 BV200
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Fri, 25 Nov 2022 23:02:57 +0000 linkquote
if the keylock is broken, I wonder if it runs. Make sure you have your keys if it does not run you will need your keys.

sorry to hear about it being stolen, I had that happen here in the states. For whatever reason in the states they are not able to get them to run without the chip in the key. The immobilizer comes at a premium.

John
   

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