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University of Washington selects 529 Garage™ as their solution for campus-wide Bike Registration, Reporting and Recovery

 

Seattle, WA – November 14, 2014 – Project 529™ has been selected as the supplier for University of Washington’s bicycle registration program. 529 Garage, the industry’s first mobile-based bicycle registration and recovery system designed for college campuses, is being rolled out to students, staff and faculty across UW as part of a comprehensive attack on the bike theft.

 “Bike theft is a costly and time-consuming problem on college campuses” says Sergeant Pratt-Wieburg of the UW Police Department. “The 529 Garage provides a thorough, yet simple registration process. The UWPD and Project 529 collaboration aims to put this technology to work towards deterring bike thefts and speeding up the recovery process.

Like a digital neighborhood watch program, the 529 Garage alerts cyclists within proximity of a crime immediately once the victim reports the theft from their phone. Details and photographs of the missing bike and its last seen location are shared to other 529 Garage members in the area who can respond with tips to the owner and police right from their phones. Another key component of the program is the 529 Shield. 529 Shields are tamper-resistant stickers with unique IDs applied to student, staff and faculty bikes. Shields put would-be thieves on alert that the bike is in the system and also allows police to contact the owner should they recover a stolen bicycle or if a bike is improperly parked or locked.

College campuses are a hotbed for bicycle theft and were a key design point of the 529 Garage” said 529 cofounder Jason Scott. “529 Garage is going to help UW increase the population of bikes registered, lower per incident costs and empower the entire campus to put thieves on watch.

Students, staff and faculty at UW can pick up their free 529 Bike Registration Kit at the ASUW Bike Shop, University of Washington Police in the Bryants building or the University Transportation Center (3745 15th NE). You can learn more at www.project529.com/uw.

 

About Project 529

Founded in 2013, Project 529 is a diverse team of cyclists in Portland, Oregon that launched the 529 Garage – the first mobile bicycle registration and active recovery system to the industry in the summer of 2014 and have registered over $10 million worth of bikes since its introduction. For more information or questions about 529 Garage, contact Jason Scott at media@project529.com.

 

 

 

The UWPD bicycle registration has transitioned to 529 Garage™.

For information on the University of Washington’s partnership with Project 529, please see the press release about the UW and Project 529 as well as the Nov. 30th, 2014 UW Daily publication about the UW and Project 529.

*NOTE* – for registrations prior to 2014-15 academic year, please contact crimeprv@uw.edu.