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Kamloops police encouraging use of bicycle theft prevention app

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KAMLOOPS -  Stolen bicycles recovered by the RCMP can be returned if they are registered with a new app.

It is difficult for police to return stolen bicycles, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie with the Kamloops RCMP says in a media release, because it is hard to determine ownership. Each year thousands of stolen bikes in B.C. go to auctions or charity.

The 529 Garage app can help protect your bike from theft and help you get it back if it is stolen and recovered.

Shelkie says in just five minutes all of the critical information about your bicycle can be captured with the 529 Garage web service. If your bike is lost or stolen, the app will help maximize insurance claims and recovery efforts with the police.

Kamloops RCMP will help residents register their bikes on the free service on Saturday, Aug. 19, at NorKam Cycle located at 178 Tranquille Rd. between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, to mark the bike and deter thieves, the Kamloops RCMP will be offering a tamper-proof 529 sticker which shows the bicycle is registered and the whole community is looking out for it.

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