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Time Running Out to Register Your Bike

Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 5:50 AM

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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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