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Bike thefts in Whistler down 57% this year, police say

9/19/2018
“That’s an incredible amount of loss not only to the community, but to individuals,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes. Police have taken a multi-pronged approach towards bike theft in the community. In 2017, Whistler RCMP began working with Garage 529, a bike registration and recovery service launched by former Microsoft executive and avid mountain biker J Allard.

Want to Protect Your Bike From Thieves? Register It

7/23/2018
But it's not inevitable that you'll lose your bike. Registering it, as Lifehacker urges, is your best shot at getting your bike back in the event that it's swiped.

Bait Bikes Deployed in Richmond

9/08/2017
To better get a handle on bike thieves, Richmond RCMP is deploying bait bikes alongside cutting-edge bike registration and recovery from Project 529.

Granville Island Sees Massive drop in bike Thefts

10/12/2017
Vancouver’s premier destination for bike thieves is experiencing a remarkable turnaround. Bike valet service, bait bike program and other efforts contribute to 70 per cent drop in thefts over two-year period

Bike Thefts Down 30 per cent as Project 529 Reaches 22,000 Registrations in Vancouver

10/17/2017
Project 529 is a bike registry and recovery program by the Vancouver Police Department which has helped reduce bike theft by 30 percent. Connell said police had seen and noted someone riding the bike in the Downtown Eastside. Police were able to track the bike to Coquitlam and then drop it off to the clinic where he works as a chiropractor in New Westminster.

'Bike theft is not inevitable': Vancouver rolls out a cycle crime revolution

11/07/2017
Bike theft is the scourge of cyclists around the world, with riders, manufacturers and the law struggling to coordinate a response. That was until city cop Rob Brunt and Xbox pioneer J Allard devised Project 529.

Anti-Bike Theft Program Returns to Prince George

6/15/2018
Since the App was introduced in 2016, numbers have been steadily decreasing. Registering with 529 Garage takes about five minutes and owners are asked to provide essential bike information including ownership details, serial number and photos.

Bike theft in Vancouver drops 30% thanks to new app. Will other Canadian cities catch on?

11/10/2017
Vancouver used to be the worst city in Canada to get your bike stolen. But a new anti-theft initiative for cyclists may have changed that. A bike registration app, called Project 529 Garage is taking Vancouver by storm and has now spread to 26 communities across British Columbia, helping decrease bike theft across the province.

The app helping BC police recover stolen bikes

5/25/2017
Several years ago, J Allard, Microsoft's former Chief Experience Officer and an avid mountain biker, was gearing up for a trip to Whistler for Crankworx when his custom bike was taken from a secure parking garage at the Seattle high-rise he was living in at the time. With his vacation "ruined," Allard had some time on his hands and sprang into action. He posted dozens of flyers around town and galvanized his extensive network of friends and cycling enthusiasts to keep an eye out for his missing bike. It worked; within six weeks, he had it back.

Nanaimo RCMP promote registration with 529 Garage during Bike to Work and School Week

5/18/2017
According to Nanaimo RCMP, most of the bikes that were stolen had cable locks that were cut or had simply been left unlocked. Those were just the bikes that were reported stolen. Often bike thefts go unreported; police know bike theft victims are less likely to report bikes stolen if they can’t provide police descriptive details about their bikes, such as the make, model, serial number and colour, which can help investigators return stolen bikes to their owners when they are found.

UO asks students to use 529 Garage app to report bike thefts

10/03/2016
Year after year, bike thefts prove to be the number one crime problem on the University of Oregon campus. To fight back, campus leaders are spreading the word about a bike registration app. The program puts the bike thieves on watch and empowers bicycle owners on campus. Those are the two goals of the 529 Garage program. It takes high-tech bike registration to a new level.

The Ultimate Guide to Ensuring That Your Bike Never Gets Stolen Again

3/02/2017
For a nominal fee, Project 529 sells a small sticker that owners place on their bikes to ward off thieves who might recognize that the bike is registered with an anti-theft organization. Currently, Allard and Project 529 work closely with both the police department and bike stores in Vancouver, British Columbia, where, for the first time in a decade, the number of stolen bikes has declined by 20 percent.

Nanaimo woman gets her stolen bike back, thanks to smartphone app

2/16/2017
A Nanaimo woman whose mountain bike was stolen during a trip to Kelowna last year has been reunited with her two-wheeler — with help from a smartphone app. Kathy Gonzales was contacted by police after listing her bike on 529 Garage, a website and phone app that allows cyclists to register details and photos of their bikes.

The Group Ride Podcast Episode 3

2/17/2017
J Allard from Project 529 joins the show to chat about their service which helps recover stolen bikes. Then I continue with Chapter 2 of my cycling story, followed by a recap of how Zwift can change the way you think about indoor training. Next then we recap Chilly Hilly rides from the past for those considering riding this year.

Bike registry services merge as Project 529 buys National Bike Registry

2/01/2017
The online bike registry platform Project 529 has acquired the National Bike Registry and is integrating the two programs, which have nearly 400,000 bikes in their combined registries. The company said the merger will give law enforcement, universities, cyclists and independent bicycle dealers tools to recover and return stolen bikes.

New cycling security program Operation Rudy Aims to Curb Bike Theft on Granville Island

8/03/2016
If you’ve ever cycled to Granville Island for a fresh box of Lee’s Donuts, only to return to find your two-wheeler missing from the rack, you’re not alone. In fact, the tourist destination boasts the highest number of reported bike thefts in the city, a statistic that skyrockets during the summer months.

Anti-theft measures cut bike thefts by 60 per cent on Granville Island

10/03/2016
The anti-theft program, Operation Rudy, was created by CMHC-Granville Island, Project 529, the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver police, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and some island businesses. The main focus of the initiative was to provide easy bicycle storage and registration, improve cyclists’ security habits through information and loaner locks, apprehend bicycle thieves through the police’s Bait Bike program and put more bike racks in the open to deter theft.

Thieves be warned: Stolen bike recovery service expanding across B.C.

12/24/2016
Online bike recovery service 529 Garage expanding to 20 municipalities across B.C. in the coming year

David and Goliath: How a Tiny Organization is Taking On the Bike Theft Industry

12/21/2016
The guy who stole J Allard’s mountain bike picked the wrong guy to knock over. Allard, most famous for co-founding Xbox during his 19 year stint at Microsoft, is not the type to sit back and let the enemy win the game. So when he realized his bike had been unceremoniously ripped out of the back of his truck in a secure parking garage, he went looking for it.

Outspoken Cyclist - Show #396

4/14/2018
We talk with J. Allard from Project 529. In our conversation, J. goes into detail about what happens when your bike goes missing and how, with the help of his free app 529Garage, you can add your bike to the registry and get help from the vast community of law enforcement as well as other riders if your bike is stolen.

New 529 Garage project hopes to decrease bike thefts in Vancouver

10/26/2015
More than 2,000 bicycles are reported stolen every year in Vancouver and a new project is looking to make a dent in that number. Vancouver Police, the Vancouver Police Foundation and the City of Vancouver are partnering with Project 529; which developed a Vancouver bike registry called the 529 Garage.

Bike Stolen? There's an App for That

4/16/2014
But now, there's an app for that. Here at Project 529 we aim to put the brakes on the stolen bike market through an innovative registration and recovery service called the 529 Garage. Although it won't prevent your bike from being stolen, the 529 Garage allows riders to record the information necessary to file thorough and quick police reports and insurance claims in the event of theft. It also plugs you into an extensive network of like minds and kindred spirits—people who ride and who can't stand bike thieves.

Project 529 Debuts Anti-Bike Theft App at Sea Otter

4/21/2014
One company making its debut at Sea Otter was Project 529, a software and Smartphone app development startup founded by J Allard, a former software engineer for Microsoft. The company’s first product is an app called 529 Garage, a free service that aims to quell bicycle thievery.

529 Garage Bike Registry

5/20/2014
Developed in conjunction with several law enforcement agencies, the 529 Garage allows you to easily and securely register your bike in just minutes, complete with images and all the necessary details law enforcement requires to expedite the recovery process. Beyond this detailed registration, the 529 Garage includes the ability to broadcast a “Missing Bike Bulletin” to all members in the area should a member’s bike get stolen.

BIKE: Project 529 Declares War on Bike Theft at Sea Otter Classic

5/29/2014
Earlier this month, at the world’s largest bicycle festival, Cyclists were encouraged to join the war on bike theft by signing the online petition at www.project529.com. The aim of the petition is to demand that Craigslist and eBay require serial numbers on all bikes for sale on their sites – the same way these sites require VIN numbers for automobile listings.

Register your bike with Project 529

8/17/2014
Every 30 seconds, a bike is stolen in the US. Bicycle theft is a problem. In order to help address this issue, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has partnered with Portland-based company Project 529 to promote bicycle registration through our Bike Commute Challenge.

Corvallis police crack down on bike thefts with months-long initiative

5/26/2016
Traditional registration involves visiting public safety offices and filling out forms. But the 529 Garage app allows cyclists to capture critical details of a bicycle through their smartphones or at www.project529.com, so that in the event of a theft, victims can immediately alert police or other cyclists on social networks, Anderson said.

For Portland startup Project 529, fighting bike theft is just the beginning

5/29/2014
nstead, he said Project 529 is starting with a social mission — pitting mobile tech against bike theft — and “seeing where it goes from there.” The company developed its free anti-theft app’s features with input from the Portland Police Bureau and Portland State University security, among other law enforcement agencies.

Kamloops RCMP Encourage Cyclist to Register Their Bikes

5/11/2016
“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.”

Rash of bike thefts has east-end Toronto residents concerned

8/23/2018
“I think Toronto’s registration system could be made a lot more user friendly,” Liz Sutherland, Cycle Toronto's director said. She gave an example of a system – known as the Project 529 – that’s being used in cities like Vancouver, which helped decrease bike thefts there by 30 to 35 per cent. In addition to allowing owners to upload pictures of the their bikes, the app-based system is also “tied to other databases in other municipalities,” allowing them to track their bikes across cities.

Stats show declining bike thefts in Vancouver

8/22/2018
Due to bike registration and recovery initiatives such as Project 529, bicycle thefts in Vancouver show a drop for the fourth year in a row according to police statistics. More cyclists are registering their bikes with Project 529.

Portland police busts bike chop shop, recover handfuls of bicycles

12/13/2017
Sanders flipped over bikes and entered the serial number into a public phone application called Project 529 to determine if the bikes are registered and reported stolen. "It's a deterrent if they know that this bike is registered and reported as stolen," Sanders said. "It loses its value in the secondhand market."

Meet Project 529: A bike security software startup led by Xbox co-founder J Allard

12/22/2014
Allard, who left Microsoft in 2010 after 19 years at the tech giant, is CEO of a Portland-based company called Project 529 that’s trying to solve the growing bike theft problem with a mobile registration database solution. project529screenshotAllard was inspired to build Project 529 after a thief snatched his custom-built, tricked-out ride three years ago. It took 73 days for Allard to get his bike back — an experience that still frustrates him to this day.

Bicycle security startup Project 529, led by former Xbox exec J Allard, acquires National Bike Registry

1/31/2017
Project 529, the Seattle-based startup that aims to curb what it calls an epidemic of bicycle theft in North America, announced Tuesday that it was acquiring and integrating the National Bike Registry with its service.

Guelph police launch bike registry program as theft stats show spike

7/19/2018
With Project 529, registered bikes can now be easily tracked and returned to rightful owners, police say.

Granville Island bike thefts Plummet by 70%

10/11/2017
The number of bike thefts at Granville Island have fallen by 70% over the last two years. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the federal crown corporation that manages the arts hub and tourist attraction, new initiatives designed to reduce bike thefts since 2016 have resulted in a steep reduction of reported bike thefts over the busy summer months.

Bike theft on Granville Island reduced dramatically thanks to community efforts

10/18/2017
The flip side to the popularity of Granville Island, a globally-renowned entertainment and tourism destination on the waters of Vancouver’s False Creek, is that such popularity isn’t lost on thieves, either—particularly bike thieves. According to Metro News, however, that’s happily not the case in 2017. From 120 bikes stolen in 2015 to fewer than 40 this year.

Someone’s Stolen Your Bike. Hope You’ve Done This to help Police get it Back

8/13/2017
The 529 Garage program allows police to use its app to pull up a picture of the bicycle and its owner, along with the serial number and contact information for the owner, regardless of whether it’s been reported stolen. “I think we could make more arrests and recover more bikes with that tool for sure, with the ultimate goal being deterring future bike theft,” Johnson said.

Oceanside RCMP Register Bikes to Deter Thieves

8/29/2017
The local detachment is now partnering with Oceanside Community Safety volunteers to help bicycle owners protect their property by encouraging owners to register their bikes. It will take only five minutes and it will help your protect owners’ bicycles from theft. A 529 Garage decal will be provided and will serve as a deterrent against thieves, RCMP say, as they would know the bicycle is listed in the bike registry.

Life gets tougher for bike thieves in Delta, B.C.

12/17/2017
Delta B.C. is the latest municipality in the province to team up with a smartphone app designed to help police identify and recover stolen bicycles. On Saturday, the Delta Police Department launched its partnership with 529 Garage — a bike reporting and recovery network.

Bike Theft on the Rise in Venice

6/21/2018
“The arrests we have made are because the bikes were extremely unique, extremely valuable and the victims had pictures and were very vigilant in giving us the information,” Detective Goddard said. “It is really hard to try to recover these bikes if you do not have that information.”

Parksville Qualicum Beach residents can register bikes

5/17/2018
Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers and the Oceanside RCMP are once again offering free bicycle registrations using the 529 Garage application. The 529 Garage is a free bicycle registration, reporting and recovery service application. The registration helps bicycle owners capture detailed information about their bicycles, and then secures the information.

Kamloops Embracing Bike to Work and School Week

5/29/2018
As part of the Bike to Work Week celebration stations, the RCMP is out, helping people protect their bikes with the 529 Garage app.

Put Your Bike on Lockdown

5/30/2018
As Bike to Work Week continues, riders are encouraged to register their rides with Project 529 Garage. The good news is, bike theft in Kelowna is down by 26.8 per cent so far this year compared to a few years ago.

Bike thefts are down in Kelowna this year

5/29/2018
Bike thefts are down, but the City of Kelowna is still encouraging cyclists to take extra measures to keep their property safe. There have been 115 bikes reported stolen in Kelowna since the start of the calendar year, down 26.8% from the 157 reported stolen in the same period of 2015.

Bike theft prevention pilot program coming to north campus

5/16/2017
The University of Alberta is partnering with the city to launch a new bike theft prevention pilot program that, if successful, could eventually roll onto other Edmonton streets. The university and Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Empowerment Team today launched U-Cycle, which promotes cycling to and from campus. The program also takes aim at bike thefts by promoting good locking practices and registering bikes through Project 529 Garage—the largest online bike registry in North America.

Register your bike with app to get it back wheelie fast if stolen

5/16/2017
Bike thefts at the University of Alberta have more than doubled in the past four years, from 29 in 2012 to 72 in 2016. That’s why Marciniuk and other city staff spent Tuesday on campus trying to convince students to lock their bikes and register them with Project 529 Garage, an app to help reunite cyclists with their stolen ride.

University of Alberta launches bike theft prevention program

5/18/2017

Online registry hopes to reunite owners with their stolen bikes

5/18/2017
Bicycle theft is a big problem on the University of Alberta campus. Over the last four years, protective services has seen a 248-per cent spike in bike thefts on north campus. So far in 2017, 16 bicycles have been reported stolen.

Ending bike theft

4/09/2017
Penticton RCMP officers and volunteers shared information and registered bikes at the kick off for a new anti bike theft program Saturday in Penticton.

VPD Launch Bike Registry Program to Recover Stolen Rides

10/26/2014
The Vancouver Bike Registration is a project between the VPD, the City of Vancouver and 529 Garage, an American-based registry that has recovered $15 million worth of bikes since its launch last year. Bike owners can register their bikes before they’re stolen, making the possibility of recovery much greater.

VPD Throws A Wrench Into the Spokes of Bike Thieves

10/26/2015
Each year in Vancouver, over 2,000 bicycles are reported stolen. Almost as many bikes are recovered by police, ending up in the VPD Property Office, where our officers painstakingly work to reconnect the bikes with their owners. Unfortunately, police are only able to return roughly 10 per cent of the recovered bikes to their owners, as the bikes’ serial numbers and descriptions weren’t properly recorded.

ABUS partners with Portland’s Project 529

4/16/2015
Germany’s ABUS Mobile Security and Portland, Oregon’s Project 529—a cycling software startup—are joining forces to combat the growing epidemic of stolen bicycles with their new 529 Garage platform.

529 Garage: Crowd-Connected Bike Security for the Modern Rider

5/29/2014
Stolen bike registries have been around since the early days of the Internet (which explains why so many look like they were designed in 1998) but most offer little more than a registration form and reassuring words. The 529 Garage, however, takes the venerable bike database model and gives it a shot of 21st century technology.

Kelowna RCMP form partnership with 529 Garage to prevent bike theft

10/11/2016
How does it work? Like any app, the user downloads it onto their phone and then registers their bicycle onto the app’s database. The app takes no personal information other than the owners first name and email address.

Bike registry gains West Vancouver police support

6/03/2016
West Vancouver cyclists worried about thieves snatching their spokes can now store their bike in the safety of an online database. The West Vancouver Police Department recently joined 529 Garage, an app, website and registration system intended to align police, cyclists, universities and bike shops in an effort to weed out theft and recover stolen bikes.

Project 529 Garage reunites stolen bikes with rightful owners in Surrey

5/18/2016
Surrey RCMP have partnered with an online bike registration and recovery service to help reduce bike theft in the city of Surrey and return recovered bikes to their rightful owners. Project 529 Garage is a website and phone app that allows cyclists to easily and securely register their bikes online.

Prince George RCMP Battling Bike Theft With New App

6/28/2017
The Prince George RCMP are signing on with an online project to battle bicycle theft in the city. In the first five months of 2016, there has been a 83% increase in reported bike theft compared to the same time in 2013. Stats Canada believes just one in four stolen bikes are actually reported, the Vancouver Police Department estimates that number is even lower; one in eight.

App Creator Aims to Halt Bike Theft

6/28/2016
One man is so angry someone stole his bike he’s vowed cut bike theft in North America by half within 10 years. To do it he’s created 529 Garage, a free smartphone app that lets cyclists register bikes, complete with bike descriptions, photos and serial numbers, for free, so they can instantly alert cycling communities and police in multiple municipalities if their bikes are stolen.

The Best Way to Curb Bike Thefts? Community

12/20/2016
Bay Area Bikes, law enforcement, and Project 529 highlight the effective, community-driven approaches to thwarting bike thieves.

New app to help recover stolen bikes functions like Amber Alert

12/20/2016
It's a mobile app that can function like an Amber Alert for stolen bikes. Users will register their bikes, complete with photos and descriptions, and hope they never get stolen. But if someone does become a victim they can immediately send out an alert to all other users of the app in the same area.

SF bike registry helps man retrieve stolen wheels, but it wasn’t easy

12/20/2016
Aaron Clayton-Dunn, 23, who bikes regularly in The City on weekends, recently left his new $800 Specialized brand bicycle at the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets. He secured everything—the frame, front wheel and seat -- but when he returned the next evening it was gone.

The Day He Found His Stolen Bike

12/20/2016
The search for my bike highlights the underside of e-commerce: The same technology that lets us efficiently buy and sell used goods is also an efficient way to unload stolen property. Policing the online marketplace for stolen goods can be a Sisyphean task.