529 Garage

529 Garage is a community-run bike registration and recovery service. It’s free and secure and helps to get bikes that are stolen back to their owners. Widespread 529 Garage use has the power to make bike theft inconvenient and unprofitable, dampening the stolen bike market.

It takes only a few minutes to register your bike and is easy to do with 529 Garage. Register your bike on the web or download the app:

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The police, or a would-be buyer, is able to look your bike up on 529 Garage to check if it’s been marked as stolen. This will help you to get your bike back, and makes selling stolen bikes less profitable.


A 529 shield is an optional, tamper-resistant, weather-resistant decal that has a unique, seven-character ID code. It adds an extra identifier and layer of protection for your bike. We recommend you put one on your bike in a visible location.
You can purchase a shield at the following locations:

Where to purchase a shield

Purchase online

Find out more about 529 Garage shields in Canterbury, and P?neke / Wellington.


Read more about 529 Garage and bike theft:

Beat the Bike Thieves blog post

Bike Returned Thanks to 529 Garage

When Your Bike Gets Stolen, How Can You Get it Back?

Cycle Security, Keeping a Step Ahead of the Thieves


Will you help us spread word about 529 Garage and keep people’s bikes safe? Email us at 529@bikeauckland.org.nz for posters and other resources!


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