Police encourage the public to register their bicycles

It helps to have pictures, make and model in the recovery process from thefts

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received 118 reports of bicycle thefts as well as numerous reports of found bikes during 2019.

While investigating such crimes, most owners don’t have pictures, the make and model or a serial number for their bicycle. All of these greatly assist police in locating a lost or stolen bike.

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP would like to invite the public to register bicycles on 529 Garage. It was created in 2013 in Vancouver where it’s grown to become the largest bike registry and used by some of the largest police forces. Community members as well as police officers can access the 529 Garage app on their mobile phones to quickly identify stolen bicycles in the community.

Registering bikes on the 529 Garage app not only helps prevent bike thefts, it increases the chances of having bikes returned in the event of a theft. Once registered, by pushing a button on the 529 Garage app you can send an alert to your friends, family, neighbours and every 529 Garage member to advise them that a bike is lost or stolen. Your bicycle will then be registered in the application as stolen and can be seen by more than 400 policing agencies.

Registering a bike takes less than five minutes. Visit www.project529.com to register your bicycle for free. Alternatively, visit any participating bicycle shop in the Cowichan Valley.

In the event your bicycle is stolen, in addition to flagging your bicycle as stolen on the 529 Garage app, please contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP non-emergency line to file an official report at 250-748-5522.

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