As the popularity of cycling increased during the pandemic, thefts have also increased. To counter this scourge, the city of Sherbrooke has decided to adopt the Garage 529 mobile application.
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“It’s crazy, sure since the pandemic! There are people who come to me to tell me that they have seen bikes left on the side of the road and which have been lying around for several days! ” explained city councilor Danielle Berthold.
The principle of the application is simple, you must first register your bike and its characteristics, attached with a photo, in the application. If the registered bicycle is ever stolen, the victim will only have to report the disappearance of the bicycle to other users of the application at the push of a button. Originally from Seattle, the application has been adopted by several police forces in the province, including the Montreal Police Department.
“It will be as if thousands of people will be watching the thefts,” added the Sherbrooke city councilor.
For the owner of the Café-Vélo des Nations, Francois Rancourt, the arrival of this application is positive.
“Several customers came to us with description sheets when their bikes were stolen, but the bikes were rarely found. With the application, communication will be greatly improved! […] People will just have to download the application for the principle to work. “
The Garage 529 application is available now for both iPhone and Android, everywhere in Quebec.