Kamloops RCMP urging bikers to register with new app

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In an effort to combat bike theft, the 529 Garage app project will be making a stop in Sun Peaks on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Kamloops RCMP and Kamloops RCMP Auxiliary members will be on hand to promote the program and encourage bikers to register their bikes with the app, making bike recovery easier in the event a theft.

Originally launched in Portland, the searchable database has been gaining traction with bikers as well as law enforcement in North America. Users register their bike, noting distinguishing features such as make, model, serial numbers, customized parts, colour, etc.

As stolen bikes are picked up, police add them to the app in the hopes of matching it back to its rightful owners. People can search the database for stolen bikes, add found bikes and even report bikes they saw which they think may have been stolen.