Registering a bike
Hi - I was robbed of a bike recently, which I had registered with immobilise.com. I'm about to get a new bike, but am a bit confused about the apparent profusion of ways I can register a bike.
As far as I can tell I have these possibilities for the UK:
1) immobilise.com - the Home Office-approved database.
2) bikeregister.com - claims to be the "leading" site.
3) bikeshepherd.org - using the secure Pulse ID tag kit.
4) www.met.police.uk/transport/cycle_marking.html - police cycle marking.
I might be being a bit dense here, but these all seem to be different, competing methods, or do they all talk to each other?! Which one is best? Do other people register with all of them?
I'm particularly confused that LCC recommends registering with Immobilise ( http://lcc.org.uk/articles/security-marking-for-your-bicycle ), yet the Met Police seem to be using BikeRegister ( http://www.bikeregister.com/16_Jun_2011_104002.htm ). As a triple-whammy, TfL recommend getting your bike registered, but don't give a link ( http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11688.aspx ).
Thank you for any information.