Kelowna, BC: Bike thefts continue to rise each and every year in the Okanagan, which is evident by the nearly 40 percent increase in reported thefts year-to-date in 2016 compared to 2015. To combat these thefts the Kelowna Regional RCMP, the City of Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan are forming a partnership with a community minded online service called 529 Garage.
529 Garage is an online mobile application registration system, which will allow the Kelowna RCMP and bicycle enthusiasts to join forces through improved education, prevention and communication to combat bicycle theft in our community. The 529 Garage App has the potential to effectively reduce the number of bike thefts and increase the number of recovered bikes that police can then return to their rightful owners.
Registration using the mobile application process is user friendly, it takes just a matter of minutes for owners to secure essential data such as the bike owner’s details, along with detailed information and photographs of the bicycle. Once registered, the information can easily be shared with law enforcement, insurance companies, as well as other bike owners registered in the online community, should a theft occur.
“Reducing bike theft in our community is a priority of the RCMP,” says Insp. Brent Mundle, Acting OIC of the Kelowna Regional RCMP Detachment. “We believe that 529 Garage will allow officers to return even more bikes to their rightful owners, as well as provide investigators with valuable evidence required to help support theft and possession of stolen property charges under the Criminal Code.”
“With over 10 municipalities in BC rallied around the 529 Garage as their bike-theft counter-measure, we’re collectively making BC very unfriendly towards bike thieves,” states J Allard, Co-Founder of Project 529. “Every bike registered makes theft more difficult, less profitable and helps the RCMP put the brakes on this epidemic.”
The search capabilities of the 529 Garage will be beneficial to law enforcement officials, local bike shops and community residents as it will allow each to quickly determine whether or not a bike has been reported as stolen.
Residents in the Central Okanagan are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information:
For background information on Project 529 and the 529 Garage visit their website at: project529.com/kelowna