The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is warning residents to take extra precautions to secure their bicycles from thefts. There has been a marked increase in the number of stolen bikes and it will likely get worse before it gets better.
Take steps to enhance the security of your bikes:
- Use a sturdy bicycle lock (such as a U-Lock);
- Store your bike in a locked shed or garage;
- Pre-register your bike on 529 Garage to let thieves and potential future buyers know the bike is registered and help police quickly locate and return your bike if it’s stolen.
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Along with its partners, Bike Ottawa and Safer Roads Ottawa, the OPS is encouraging cyclists to register their bikes on 529 Garage. This program is easy to sign up to through the app or online. It can help police locate a stolen bike sooner. The app was launched in May 2019 in Ottawa and to date, 6,263 residents have registered and 106 bikes have been recovered and returned to their rightful owners.
For more information about 529 Garage and a full list of city bike shops offering the 529 Garage shield and registration help, please visit ottawapolice.ca/endbiketheft.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you can still register your bike and be enrolled in the program, but you are asked to collect your sticker at a later date if you want to get a shield from one of the police stations. While the sticker offers a secondary serial number to verify ownership of the bike and acts as a visual deterrent, it is not necessary to complete the registration.