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Successful Anti-Bike Theft Program Returns to the Community…

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The Prince George RCMP and our volunteers will be out at many events throughout our community again this year to help residents protect their bicycles. Photos and essential information will be recorded in the 529 Garage APP for easy access in the event that the bike gets stolen.

The 529 Garage APP, created by Project 529, enables the Prince George RCMP and bicycle enthusiasts to work together to reduce bike theft and return recovered bikes to their rightful owners.

By providing bicycle enthusiasts with the means to protect their property through the 529 Garage system, the Prince George RCMP have seen this technology reunite owners with their stolen bikes, and in two cases, before the owners knew their bike had been stolen. Having vital information including serial numbers added to police computer systems, allows for a greater chance of returning stolen bikes to owners.

It will also provide officers with more evidence to support charges under the Criminal Code.By providing bicycle enthusiasts with the means to protect their property through the 529 Garage system, the Prince George RCMP have seen this technology reunite owners with their stolen bikes, and in two cases, before the owners knew their bike had been stolen.

Having vital information including serial numbers added to police computer systems, allows for a greater chance of returning stolen bikes to owners. It will also provide officers with more evidence to support charges under the Criminal Code.

“It has been very exciting to see the public evolve from knowing nothing about this program to where they seek us out to get their bikes registered” says Cpl. Craig Douglass, the officer leading this initiative. “It has been equally exciting to see bikes get returned to owners instead of going to auction.”

The Prince George RCMP has reviewed each stolen bike file from January 1st to October 31st 2017 and compiled some statistics. During this time, the Prince George RCMP received 146 reports of stolen bikes involving 164 bikes. The following are statistics derived from these theft of bike files:During this time, the Prince George RCMP received 146 reports of stolen bikes involving 164 bikes. The following are statistics derived from these theft of bike files:

· 45 owners did not know the make and model of their bike(s);

· Serial numbers were not provided for 109 bikes (67%);

· Purchase value was provided for 73 bikes, which totaled $78,178. An average of $1070 per bike;An average of $1070 per bike;

· At least 97 bikes were NOT locked (some victims did not report whether the bikes(s) were locked);

· 10 of the locked bikes were locked by an easily defeated cable;

· 31 were recovered (19%);

· 13 of the 164 stolen bikes were registered with 529 Garage (8%). Two of the 13 were registered after the theft;Two of the 13 were registered after the theft;

· 7 of the 13 registered bikes were recovered and returned to owners (54%);

· Registered bikes had a recovery rate 6.75 times higher than unregistered bikes;

· Of the 7 recovered via the 529 Garage App, two owners were not aware their bikes were stolen;

· One bike was returned to its owner through the App without any police involvement (this bike is not counted in any of the above stats).

For the second year in a row, the Prince George RCMP will be raffling off a 2018 Norco Storm mountain bike graciously donated by Cycle World and Norco. Bike owners get one entry for each bike they register at one of our registration events this biking season. Draw date will be the end of September 2018.

Updated list of event dates, times and locations will be posted on the Prince George RCMP website. The next event is scheduled for June 16, tomorrow, at noon on McIntyre Cres for McIntyre Crescent Safety Day.

The FREE registration process takes about 5 minutes and includes essential information such as the ownership details, serial number and photos of the bicycle.

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