New Westminster Police and 529 Garage are teaming up to help reduce bike theft in the Royal City.
The 529 Garage registry is a service available across North America that aims to reduce bike theft and, in the event of theft, reunite riders with their missing bikes.
The New Westminster Police Department is sponsoring a sign-up event next week and are encouraging cyclists to stop by and register their bikes to the 529 Garage database. Volunteers will photograph your bike and record the serial number, and you’ll also be given a decal to stick on your bike. An email address is required to sign up, and don’t forget to bring your bike.
“In the event your bike goes missing, you’ll have everything you need to activate the police and community to help recover your bike. This will significantly improve the chances of stolen bikes being reunited with their owners,” notes an event write-up.
The registration event is happening on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on K De K Court at the entrance to the Quayside boardwalk. There’s also an event planned for Sept. 27, but a venue has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for more details.