Lisa Sergeant receives her son’s bike, which was recovered by police using information registered on 529 Garage, from Const. Nate Lord of the Nanaimo RCMP Bike Patrol Unit. (Photo contributed)

Nanaimo RCMP promote registration with 529 Garage during Bike to Work and School Week

App helps collect bike information to help reunite stolen bikes with their owners

Forty nine bicycles were reported stolen in Nanaimo between Jan. 1 and April 30 of this year.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, most of the bikes that were stolen had cable locks that were cut or had simply been left unlocked.

Those were just the bikes that were reported stolen. Often bike thefts go unreported; police know bike theft victims are less likely to report bikes stolen if they can’t provide police descriptive details about their bikes, such as the make, model, serial number and colour, which can help investigators return stolen bikes to their owners when they are found.

Of 37 bikes police seized in Nanaimo during the same time period, only three of the bikes have been returned to their owners. One of the three bikes was recovered in Victoria.

Roughly 1,100 bikes were stolen in the last five years.

Nanaimo RCMP are promoting 529 Garage, a free, mobile-based bike registration app, which can help reunited owners with their stolen bikes.

“529 Garage provides the public an avenue to participate in helping police reunite bikes with their owners,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in a press release. “It is critical that people record details and take photos of their bikes so they have all the information in the event it does get stolen.”

Since July 2016, about 600 bikes have been registered with 529 Garage in Nanaimo and more than 20,000 bikes have been registered in B.C. since October 2015.

The more bikes that are registered the better the chances they can be recovered by police and returned to their owners.

RCMP volunteers will be registering bikes at the following Bike to Work and School Week celebration stations:

May 30, 7-9 a.m., on the E&N Trail at Bowen Road and 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the E&N Trail at Mostar Road.

May 31, 3:30-5:30 p.m., on the E&N Trail at Departure Bay Road.

June 1, 7-9 a.m., at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital parking lot on Boundary Road.

June 2, 4-6 p.m. at the Bike to Work and School Week wrap up barbecue at Nanaimo District Secondary School.

To earn more about 529 Garage and download the free app, please visit www.project529.com.

Just Posted

Man sentenced for tying up, assaulting and robbing another man at Nanaimo hotel

Gabriel Stephen Nelson robbed and assaulted travelling businessman in 2017

Scientists disembark in Nanaimo after international expedition probes Pacific salmon

Canadian, American, Russian, Korean and Japanese scientists survey salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Prominent Indigenous leader Bob Chamberlin seeks federal NDP nod in B.C. riding

Bob Chamberlin is the long-serving chief councillor of a First Nation based on Gilford Island

Case against ex-CAO Samra dropped, ‘no longer in the public interest’

Special prosecutor advises courts he’s dropping the Crown’s case

Vancouver Island Symphony presents Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’

Concert will be debut performance with symphony’s new harpsichord

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

B.C. girl and her toy monkey make videos to fight negativity on Facebook

Ava Ast created the Ava and Cello’s Good Deed Page last month

Deadline extended through April to nominate top B.C. educators

Second year of Premier John Horgan’s awards offers $3,000 bursary

Paramedic staff shortage at critical level: B.C. union

A number of units were out of service due to lack of staffing in Lower Mainland, union says

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

BIG READ: The two sides of the Strait of Georgia roe herring fishery

The case for the Strait of Georgia roe herring fishery Comox fisherman,… Continue reading

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

Dead sea lion discovered on Hornby Island shoreline

Reports indicate animal was shot in the head

Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits Liberal caucus, sits as independent MP

The Whitby, Ont., MP has been a vocal supporter of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott

Most Read