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:
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 , and Vancouver Police Foundation 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.
Sign up on the 529 Garage mobile app or website , or visit your local community policing centre (2.2 MB).
529 Garage works! This person got their stolen bike back because they registered it.
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.
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.
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.