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.

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.

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:

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.

Where to purchase a Shield Buy online from Bike Auckland

Note that direct purchases from Bike Auckland are sent out for delivery by a volunteer, so there may be a delay in receiving your order!

Find out more about 529 Garage shields in Canterbury and Pōneke Wellington.

Some articles and blogs about 529 Garage and how it fits into the fight against bike theft:

Bike returned thanks to 529 Garage Beat the Bike Thieves blog post 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 the 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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