Time Running Out to Register Your Bike
Beth Quesnel of Prince George had her bike registered at Summerfest on Sunday. -photo courtesy PG RCMP
Prince George, B.C.- This evening, RCMP will be on site at Canadian Tire from 5-7 p.m. so bikes can be registered with the 529 Garage app for no charge.
It takes about 5 minutes to complete the registration with 529 Garage, a reporting and recovery network. ( see previous story)
“95% of the bikes stolen in Prince George are not returned to the owners because the owner has never recorded the serial number” says Corporal Craig Douglass of the Prince George RCMP. He says without a serial number, or some unique identifier specific to the missing bike, it is next to impossible to say who the rightful owner may be.
Once the bike’s details ( serial number photos and ownership details) are registered with 529 Garage, and, heaven forbid, the bike should go missing, those who have the 529 Garage app ( which can be downloaded at no cost) can send out a notice with images to all their 529 Garage contacts and have so many more ‘eyes’ watching for their bike. The alert can also be sent to the RCMP and insurance companies
Since the project was first announced a little over two weeks ago, Corporal Douglass says about 250 bike owners have taken advantage of the opportunity to register their wheels.
Bike theft is on the rise in Prince George. Just last week, a $1500 BMX bike was stolen in College Heights. RCMP advise that in addition to registering the bike, owners make sure they always lock their bike with an appropriate device to deter theft.
If you miss the opportunity this evening to register your bike, the team will be at Otway from 5-7 pm on Wednesday July 20th, then at the Big Sink Smasher Pig Thrasher at Pidherny from non to 5 on Sunday the 24th, and at the
parking lot of the Hart Home Hardware next Monday from 5-8 pm
if one is really busy and can’t make these sessions you can download the app and do this at home as well.
Bcracer is correct…..
You can download the 529 garage app and register your bike yourself.
If you want the tamper proof registration sticker you will have to order and buy it from somewhere like Amazon.
The advantage, as I see it, of registering through the rcmp is three fold…..
. They provide the registration tamper proof sticker as part of the registration process. They take several photos as part of the registration process and the rcmp have access to all registration bikes in their “garage” file in Prince George so therefore will be quicker to respond to registered bikes that go missing and are found in PG.
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