City of Nanaimo doing their part to combat bike theft


2019-09-16 15:37 PDT

File # City of Nanaimo doing their part to combat bike theft

Gurreet Manhas City of Nanaimo and dave Cusson Community Policing Co-ordinator Project 529 sign

The Nanaimo RCMP is pleased to announce a recent partnership forged between the City of Nanaimo, Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers and 529 Garage aimed at combating bike theft in the City of Nanaimo. With funding received from the local Crime Stoppers program, the City of Nanaimo installed dozens of Garage 529 registration signs in high visibility locations along the E&N, Parkway trails, Westwood Lake, Beban bike park and a variety of other key locations, designed for easy access for bike riders.

The signs promote free registration on the Garage 529 app and registration takes just 5 minutes. Police take in hundreds of bikes each year and very few make there way back to the rightful owner. However, bikes that are registered on the app are checked against the Garage 529 registry on a regular basis. The end result is people are getting their stolen bikes returned to them, said Dave Cusson, Community Policing Co-ordinator for the Nanaimo RCMP.

How does it work? Well, all of you have to do is scan the QR code on one of the signs with a smart phone or android product, and it connects you directly to the registration page. By using your phone to take pictures of your bike, the app captures all the pertinent information about your bike, such as the make, model, colour and serial number. If a registered bike is stolen the owner of the bike can flag the app and bike owners in the area will be sent an alert. In addition, the bike owner will have all the necessary information for the police when making a report. Anti-theft registration shields are also available from the Garage 529 website for purchase. Shielded bikes show potential thieves, the Police or anyone that finds a bike that it is registered.

The word on the street is bike thieves have no interest in stealing bikes which display the 529 Garage shiled. That tells us the program is working. Hopefully, these colourful signs will draw more and more bike enthusiasts to the app and take the 5 minutes and register their bike, said Cusson.

The Garage 529 app has become the largest bike registry in the world. The Nanaimo RCMP embraced this theft prevention platform 4 years ago and is seeing great success. For more information on this App please visit or download it for free on your smart device.

Photo Taken at Westwood Lake: On the left Gurjeet Manhas City of Nanaimo Park Operations and to his right Dave Cusson, Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing.

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Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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