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Community members can register for Project 529 online or in person.

To prevent bike theft, police are asking citizens to register their bikes at two upcoming in-person events.

On July 17 and August 14, the Richmond Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will set up a Project 529 bicycle registration booth at the Concert in the Plaza event at the Minoru Centre for Active Living.

Registration for the initiative is free and bicycles, e-bikes and e-scooters are welcome.

The initiative will make it easier for police to identify and recover stolen bicycles, said Richmond’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Community members can also register through the smartphone app or seek assistance at the City Centre Community Policing Office at 6931 Granville Ave.

Stickers can be picked up by community members who wish to self-register at the Richmond RCMP detachment, 11411 No. 5 Road.

Police data shows that the number of reported bicycle thefts increased from 244 to 283 from 2021 to 2022, but decreased to 253 in 2023. As of May 25, 2024, Richmond RCMP has received 66 reports of bicycle thefts so far this year. Police say 99 per cent of the reports involve bikes valued under $5,000.

Tips for protecting your bike

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) of Richmond offers the following tips to combat bicycle theft:

  • Use a high-quality lock, such as a U-lock or chain lock, and secure both the frame and wheels to a solid object
  • Park in well-lit and busy areas
  • Keep any easily removable parts or accessories such as lights or bike bags with you
  • Register your bike with Project 529

Richmond RCMP’s Project 529 bike registration events will be held on July 17 and August 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Minoru Centre for Active Living, 7191 Granville Ave.

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