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The Kamloops RCMP are hoping cyclist in the city take advantage of a new app that could help prevent bike theft.
Project 529 Garage is a bike app that the Kamloops RCMP are encouraging cyclist to download and register their bikes.
“529 is a community-based registration and recovery initiative already wildly in use in the lower mainland and USA Pacific Northwest,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a press release. “A free phone app enables the user to register their bike online with photos, make, model, and serial number.”
In the case the bike is stolen, the app would allow the user to make a report with the police and insurance company with the appropriate details. The app would also alert other app users of the theft, including details of the bike and the location the bike was stolen from.
Kamloops RCMP and the City of Kamloops will be hosting a 529 launch event during Emergency Services Day on May 14 at the Aberdeen Mall.
Attendees are asked to download the app and preregister their bikes. Auxiliary RCMP Officers will be present to assisting the public with registering, and will supply free tamper-proof 529 shields to mark the bike and deter thieves.
The Kamloops RCMP hopes to register 2,500 bikes in three years. Other local registration dates will be announced in the future.
For more information, visit Project 529 Garage.