Bike theft is on the rise, and we're encouraging Christchurch bike owners to register their bikes with 529 Garage. It's easy, free and helps Police return stolen bikes to their rightful owners.

529 Bike Shield

529 Garage tamper-resistant shield

We've partnered with bike security platform 529 Garage – the world's largest community-powered bike recovery service.

This is a collaboration with Project 529, Canterbury Police, Bike Auckland and Cycle Wellington. Auckland and Wellington have also partnered with 529 Garage to help address increasing levels of bike theft. 

The benefits of 529 Garage

529 Garage is a free and easy-to-use portal that enables you to register your bike details, including photos, a description and serial number in minutes.

You can buy 529 Garage tamper-resistant shield for your bike, with a unique code, from participating bike stores (see map of 529 Shield stockists(external link)). This shield acts as a warning sign to thieves to back off because the bike is registered and Police will have no trouble identifying it's stolen. 

Some of the other great advantages of registering your bike with 529 Garage: 

  • Your bike will be included in a secure nationwide database.
  • If your bike gets stolen, you can use 529 Garage to send an app notification to the local 529 community and have all the details on hand to report the theft to the Police. 
  • If someone sees your bike, they can contact you anonymously through the app, or you can choose to display your contact information. 
  • 529 Garage makes it easy for Police to return your bike to you if it's found.
  • You can use the database to check if a second-hand bike you're considering purchasing has been flagged as stolen.

Download the 529 Garage app

Visit the App Store (Apple)(external link) or the Google Play Store (Android)(external link) on your smartphone and download the 529 Garage app to register your bike now. 

Download from the Apple App Store(external link)   Get it on Google Play(external link)

If you can't download the app, visit the 529 Garage website(external link)


There are many options around Christchurch that enable you to lock your bike securely. One of these is Locky Dock(external link).

Locky Docks are app activated, 21st-century bike racks, using Bikeep technology from Europe with reinforced steel magnetised docks.

Locky Docks are available at 10 locations around Central City(external link).

They are secure and free to use.