Victoria police are transitioning to a new bike registry system that will allow them to reallocate their resources. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police are transitioning to a new bike registry system that will allow them to reallocate their resources. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria police ask people to register bikes with new app

Cyclists can upload photos and post if their bike’s been stolen

Cyclists who have their bikes registered with the Victoria Police Department have until this summer to switch over to an app after the department announced it is closing its registry and reallocating its resources.

Project 529 Garage is a popular app used by police departments, universities and bike shops around the world that serves as a community watch for bike owners. People are encouraged to register their bikes and upload photos of them so if they go missing there is a community of people, including police, who can be on the lookout. The app can also be used to make sure a bike someone is considering buying hasn’t been reported stolen.

READ ALSO: Bait bike stolen seven minutes after being left unattended in Nanaimo

Previously, Victoria and Esquimalt bike owners could register their bikes directly with the police department, which VicPD said took up valuable volunteer reserve constable and records staff resources.

“By moving away from a VicPD-supported bike registry, this will allow the department to reinvest our resources into other high-demand areas,” VicPD said in a statement.

The department has stopped registering any new bikes and are contacting those currently registered to tell them to switch over to the new app. All information in the VicPD bike registry will be deleted by June 30.

More information about Project 529 Garage can be found at project529.com.

READ ALSO: Esquimalt to save a bundle on policing costs under new formula


 

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