Stolen vehicles in South Africa is a massive problem. Here is my contribution to the solution.
I started riding motorcycles when I was about 24 years old. A late bloomer as some might say…
Since then, I have been lucky enough to own a few motorcycles, sometimes a few at the same time. This eventually became a problem when:
- I starting running out of space to store the bikes.
- Some of them were just standing around not being used much, and
- One was getting a bit old and I wanted to upgrade.
Buying a motorcycle
Most of us are used to selling items on platforms such as Gumtree, Junkmail, or in various Facebook groups dealing with second hand goods.
Now, I am an honest oke, so whoever buys something from me, will end up with legitimate, non-stolen goods. The problem came in when it was time for me to buy the new, more powerful bike.
I started browsing for exactly the type of motorcycle I wanted. Made sure the price met my budget and the year model and mileage was correct. Eventually I found a motorcycle I was interested in and arranged to go and view the bike.
Stolen motorcycles in South Africa
The bike was being sold by a private individual, so the overall risk of it being stolen was quite high. One of the things I would have liked to do was to be able to take the VIN number and do a quick search on a database to see if the bike was listed as stolen by someone else. I was out of luck. There is no such website in South Africa.
A few years ago, I think it was possible to request a vehicle report. It might still be possible today, but I have no idea on where or how to do this.
This got me thinking. What if I can create such a system for all bikers in South Africa. Make it easy to add a stolen vehicle’s details and make it easy to search for a specific vehicle. This is probably one of the most basic systems there is so why has no one else done this?
A few months passed and I started with this website. It took a while to get it looking half decent and working in the way I thought best. On the 1st of February 2017 it was launched.
How does it work?
- If your motorcycle, car or truck was stolen recently and not recovered yet, go to www.stolenvehicles.co.za, register and add the details of the vehicle there.
- Any person buying a second hand vehicle can go on the website and perform a search to see if the vehicle they are looking at is stolen or not.
- If that person does a search and your vehicle pops up, they immediately know that that vehicle is stolen and can walk away from the deal. They also have the option to send a message directly to you. By doing so, they can inform you of the location where they saw the vehicle, or include the details of the person they were dealing with.
- You then have the option to take this further with the authorities.
Pretty easy, don’t you think?
It’s a pretty simple concept, and all of this can be done completely for free.
I hope to make this the biggest database of stolen vehicles in South Africa. The outcome would be that criminals give up on stealing from the public since information regarding the status of the vehicle will be so easy to obtain.
This is my contribution to the vehicle industry and hopefully one of many more to come. There is still plenty of additions to the website to be made with a wealth of opportunities. So please check back there regularly!
Please share the details of the site with as many people as possible and lets make it work for us.
PS. The bike I bought was not stolen, luckily. 🙂
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/stolenvehiclesza