Prevent bicycle theft

Habitation Prevent bicycle theft

Biking is often more than just a leisure activity for urban cyclists: it's an economical and eco-friendly way to get around. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your very valuable method of transportation – your bike – doesn't get stolen.

Register your bike on 529 Garage

529 Garage is a free bike theft prevention platform. It only takes a few minutes to register a bike and protect it against theft.

This platform allows you to send an alert if your registered bike is stolen and also to verify the legitimacy of a used bike before buying it.

This is a deterrent for thieves and resellers because a registered bike will be more difficult to resell.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to the 529 Garage website
    , or download the 529 Garage mobile app to create a free account.

  2. Register your bike by adding photos and some basic information, such as serial number, make and model.

  3. Once registration is complete, it is recommended that you affix a Garage 529 sticker to the bike. This tamper-resistant sticker has a unique identification number and is a strong deterrent to thieves. This sticker can be purchased at your local police station.

Is your bike insured?

Your bike is covered by your home insurance policy. However, this type of loss is subject to a limitation. To find out about the maximum amount paid out by your insurer, consult your insurance contract.

As with all claims, the amount of your deductible will be applied in the event of a claim.

In the event of theft, you will have to pay the deductible amount. In addition, you may be subject to a indemnity limit. Find out the limit of your insurance contract and, if necessary, have it adjusted.
It's always to your advantage to properly protect your bike!

Make it harder for thieves!

  • A good locking system, installed in the right place;
  • Use a good quality "U" shaped lock rather than a cable that can easily be cut;
  • Never lock your bike using only one wheel. A thief can easily detach it and make off with the rest of the bike;
  • Do not lock it through the top tube of the frame either; a thief could damage your bike by attacking the lock or breaking the bracket;
  • Avoid leaving your bike out overnight. Avoid leaving your bike out overnight. A thief can break any lock;
  • Avoid attaching your bike to a fence or small tree. The safest place to park your bike is inside a building;
  • Bring along any parts that are attached with a quick release mechanism and your mobile accessories (odometer, pannier, pump, etc.)

In case of theft

  • Report the theft to your local police department;
  • Set up an alert on Garage 529 if your bike is registered there;
  • You can then decide if you want to file a claim with your insurer.

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