Nanaimo RCMP is taking steps to help reduce the incidents of bike theft.
Police are encouraging bike owners to register their bicycles for free using the 529 Garage app.

Mounties say between 250 and 300 bikes are stolen in Nanaimo every year.

Less than 5 per cent of the bikes recovered by the Nanaimo RCMP are ever returned to owners.
In the upcoming months, the Nanaimo RCMP will be partnering with the local cycling community, which includes retail bike shops and cycling clubs, with the goal to register 1,000 bikes by the end of 2017.
The first clinic is set for next Wednesday, from 6 to 8 at Arrowsmith Bikes, located at 4906 Wellington Road.