As noted is a post several days ago, Brandon Police in conjunction with the launch of the 529 Garage bike registration/theft prevention system held an event on Saturday where they for free coordinated the registration of bicycles with local owners at the BPS parking lot on Victoria Avenue.
According to information released by Police and the telling photo below that they’ve shared on their social media the system is off to a better start than anyone could’ve imagined. Police say that over 550 registrations were processed yesterday, meaning that more than 550 free bike locks are also now out in the community and helping to secure bicycles.
In addition to making it easy for Police to re-unite owners with bikes in the event they’re stolen, the service offers the ability for purchasers of used bikes to first do an online search to see if what they’re purchasing is free and clear of any reports of being stolen. Online classified services such as this one are one place that would-be thieves may turn to to sell what they’ve unlawfully taken. With that in mind and to make sure that those buying bikes have the easiest means to perform a search, a link has been added from bike listings in the classifieds.
For anyone that didn’t make it out, registrations can be submitted any time through http://www.project529.com/brandonpoliceservice or the 529 Garage App. Literature distributed at local bike shops also indicates that registrations can also be done over the phone by calling Police at 204-729-2345.