With more than 7,500 bikes already registered in the Penticton area, it’s never been easier to sign up for Project 529 and protect your bikes.
“This is a preventative measure and a recovery measure,” says local Community Policing co-ordinator Alexis Hovenkamp. “The decal helps reduce bike thefts, as would-be thieves know it’s registered with the program and easily traced. If your bike is stolen, it allows RCMP and bylaw enforcement officers to quickly reunite you through a simple scan if it is recovered.”
The City of Penticton is placing signs in high-visibility areas encouraging people to register for the free service and the cost of the decals is covered by the City. Bike owners can scan the QR code and register right away.
“This program really works and as results we see bikes returned to their rightful owners,” says Tina Mercier, the City’s Bylaw Services Manager. “Our See Something, Say Something program also works in conjunction with Project 529. If your bike is stolen or you think you know its whereabouts, call us. All of our officers have the ability to scan and know right away who the rightful owner is. This is a simple and safe way to prevent bike theft.”
Register your bicycle – including e-bikes - for free with Project 529, the bike registration program, operated in partnership with Penticton RCMP. You can register your bike for free in less than five minutes at www.project529.com or download the 529 Garage smartphone app. Pick up your decals at the Penticton RCMP Detachment or City of Penticton Bylaw Services at no charge.
Community Policing will have a booth at the Penticton Farmers’ Market on July 23 where they can assist in registering bikes.