Project 529 and National Bike Registry Combine Forces to Fight Bike Theft

Project 529 and the National Bike Registry have joined forces to fight bike theft, creating the most comprehensive and advanced online bike registry in North America. This merger provides law enforcement, universities, bike shops, and cyclists better tools to engage in the recovery of stolen bikes.

The National Bike Registry was created in 1984, pioneering the idea of a bicycle database to aid law enforcement identify and recover stolen bicycles. It has been used by over 2,000 law enforcement agencies and has resulting in the return of hundreds of bikes to their rightful owners.

Project 529 was started in 2013 as an extension of this same idea. Users can register as many bikes as they want for free, including photos, components, accessories, and any other information that would be helpful in identification of a stolen bicycle. This cloud-based, community-oriented information sharing service also offers an app, so that in the event of a bike theft, users can conveniently alert other Project 529 users and law enforcement from their smartphones, and also broadcast a message over their social media sites to keep an eye out for the stolen property.

The service offers a printable flyer that is generated for your specific bike if you report it as stolen. You can also purchase an optional Project 529 shield with a unique ID number, which offers additional identifying features in case your bike goes missing, and also may deter theft.

“Bicycle theft has been an under-served problem for decades that has grown to epidemic proportions,” says J Allard, CEO of Project 529. “After losing a bike to theft 4 years ago, I was moved to build better tools for law enforcement and the cycling community to attack this problem.”

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The combination the National Bike Registry and Project 529 means that over 400,000 bike records will be easily accessible by law enforcement, and all current users of the National Bike Registry will also have access to the additional features of Project 529 at no charge. Currently, this service is available to all North American cyclists.

“We’re very happy to pass the baton to the team at Project 529 to attack the bicycle theft epidemic,” said Eddie Orton, who has sponsored the NBR effort for over 2 decades. “The passion and capabilities of the team at 529 will be able to take our work to the next level and better serve our customers and partners.”

For more information and to register your bikes, check out the Project 529 website.

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