The Ottawa Police Service has partnered with the Ottawa Safety Council and Citizens for Safe Cycling (Bike Ottawa) to help reduce bike thefts in the city. The 529 Garage app is a bike registry where users create free profiles and upload information about their bicycles.
Bike owners register by uploading a photo of their bike and its serial number to the database. Data from the registry can only be accessed by police officials and users customize what information they release if their bike is stolen and an alert is issued. That notification is sent to registered 529 Garage users in the area to be on the lookout and the victim is redirected to the OPS online reporting system in order to recover their bike.