A (fake) thief hunting with the Police

Last month we performed a test with the local police to validate the precision of Sherlock GPS localization and the efficacy of the bicycle retrieval process.


We pre-alerted the police and shared the testing procedure with them, without giving them any details on the route the bicycle would follow.

Here is how the experiment rolled out:

  • We installed Sherlock in one of our bikes handlebar and parked it on a street
  • A few minutes later a fake thief (Andrea, our product designer) began to tamper with the chain and managed to steal the bike
  • The bike owner (Pierluigi, our CEO) received a push notification on his smartphone and reached the Police station
  • The bike owner communicated to the police the tracking code and webpage URL to check the real-time position of the bicycle
  • The police officers started “hunting” for the stolen bike, moving with a car and checking the GPS position of the bike on their smartphones
  • The thief followed a pre-defined route which included different path characteristics (presence of trees, tall buildings, narrow streets, etc.).
  • The police caught the (fake) thief together with the bike in a park in the centre of the city in 18 minutes from the start of the “hunt”

We also shot a video to share the live action with you.

Here is a little preview, stay tuned for the full video – coming soon!



Comments (43)

I have a Trek Crockett 9 disk bike. The handle bars are the stock Bontrager Race Lite IsoZone, VR-CF, 31.8mm. Will sherlock fit this handle bar? I’m not sure what the dimensions of the end piece is…or even how to get it open.

Dear James, please check our compatibility guide at https://www.sherlock.bike/en/device-app/

Hi it’s looks like it’s made for more then few years ,how long will last battery of Sherlock , and does battery’s are replaceable ?


Hi Peteris! Sherlock batteries will last up to 5-6 years and are not replaceable.

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