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The 529 Garage app and decal help defend your bike from theft

Register your bike to reduce theft

Let's register 10,000 bicycles by 2018 – it's free!

Around 2,000 bicycles are reported stolen in Vancouver every year, but only a few get returned to their owners when recovered by police.

Why so few? Because many owners don't record and share their bike serial number and description.

Help defend against the bike theft epidemic by:

  1. Registering your bike with 529 Garage bike registry for free – it takes only five minutes!
  2. Getting a 529 Garage decal to discourage thieves
  3. Locking your bike properly

In the event your bike goes missing, you'll have everything you need to activate the police and community to help recover your bike.

The City's Greenest City Action Plan team, Park Board, Vancouver Police Department External website, and Vancouver Police Foundation External website have teamed up to register 10,000 bicycles into the 529 Garage bike registry for free by 2018.

This will significantly improve the chances of stolen bikes being reunited with their owners.

Registering your bike

Sign up on the 529 Garage mobile app or website External website, or visit your local community policing centre PDF file (2.2 MB).

Download the 529 Garage mobile app

Getting a 529 decal

Get a free decal at your local community policing centre PDF file (2.2 MB)

Visit a participating business External website

Woman gets her stolen bike returned thanks to the 529 Garage app and Vancouver Police

529 Garage works! This person got their stolen bike back because they registered it.

Find free registration events

Locking your bike

Use a high-quality, durable lock – not a cable lock that's easily cut

Locks are about buying time. A burly chain at least 12 mm thick will delay thieves the longest. Ask your local bike shop for recommendations.

Find a sturdy and anchored bike rack, pole, or object

Your bike is only as secure as what you’re locking it to. Make sure thieves can’t lift your bike over the object or detach the object from the ground to take your bike. Shake the object first to check it's bolted or cemented. Avoid locking your bike to handrails or other mobility aids.

Secure your whole bike

Protect your wheels! Remove the front wheel, then lock both wheels together with the frame. If you can’t lock a wheel, take it with you.

Bikes registered
of 10,000
Bikes returned to owners
of 6 registered bikes

Contact the police bike theft prevention team

endbiketheft@vpd.ca 

Location
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
1 Kingsway

Hours
Wednesday
10:00am to 2:00pm