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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I register my bike?
Can I register after my bike is stolen?
How do I change my details?
Can I register more than one bike?
Will my contact details be available to anyone to see?
Will my contact details be sold?
Is the Register run for profit?
How secure is this system?
Who runs the Register?
What is an account?
What is a record?
How many bikes can one person add?
Why can't I delete my records?
How do I contact the New Zealand Police?
Do you accept international registrations?
What if a thief registers a stolen bike?

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Why should I register my bike?

In the event of your bike being stolen it is vital that you provide quick and comprehensive information to the Police. By storing that information here where the Police nationwide can access it you greatly improve your chances of having your bike returned.

If your bike is stolen you can simply change your record to show that and your bike details become accessible to, not only the Police, but also anybody who is buying a bike and to bike shops.

If you are buying a bike and you think the price is "too good to be true" you can check it against the list of stolen bike on the Registry. Bike shops can also quickly check any bike they are asked to repair if they suspect the bike may be stolen.


Can I register after my bike is stolen?

Yes. However - you may find it more difficult to collect the relevant information without the bike!


How do I change my details?

You can logon again at any time after your initial session using the User ID and Password your chose to modify your existing record(s) or add another bike.

If you supply your email address we will remind you once a year to check your details are up-to-date.


Can I register more than one bike?

Yes - there is no limit to the number of bikes you can register.


Will my contact details be available to anyone to see?

You contact details can only be seen by yourself, the Police and the system administrator.


Will my contact details be sold?

No - your contact details will never be provided to anyone other than the Police.


Is the Register run for profit?

Too soon to tell! We at least intend to cover our costs.


How secure is this system?

It is difficult to predict just how effective our security measures will be. The database file is stored in a directory which is not directly accessible to the world wide web - it can only be accessed via the Registry search system which has been specifically designed to prevent access to the data by anyone except those holding valid Police access passwords and the system administrator. Considerable effort has been expended to prevent unauthorised access. All access attempts are logged.


Who runs the Register?

The Registry is a project of the Kennett Bros; Paul, Simon and Jonathan. We have been involved in the New Zealand bicycling scene since 1984, primarily involved with mountain biking:

  • organised New Zealand's first national mountain bike race in 1986
  • organise the southern hemisphere's largest annual mountain bike race, the Karapoti Classic, since 1986
  • published the first national mountain bike magazine, MountainBike NZ, 1998-1990
  • publish Classic New Zealand Mountain Bike Rides, 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions
  • publish www.mountainbike.co.nz since 1995
  • organised the Wellington round of the UCI World Mountain Bike Cup, 1997
  • manage Wellington's Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park
  • more details available at www.kennett.co.nz

It is our aim that the Registry be a cost effective and worthwhile service to the bicycle community.


What is an account?

An Account simply refers to the User ID and Password details for each person who uses the system. You do not need these you do a Public Search for stolen bikes, but if you want to add your own bike you'll need a User ID so that the system can identify you. The password is simply to ensure that other people don't gain access to your contact information.

You can create your own User ID and Password online.


What is a record?

The information you provide for each bike is referred to as a record. A person with their own account (User ID and Password) can have several records - one for each bike they own.


How many bikes can one person add?

Each person can add as many bikes as they like. We recommend you register all your bikes.


Why can't I delete my records?

To prevent accidental deletions. If you sell a bike please email us and we will delete the record you require. We will email you asking for confirmation.


How do I contact the Police?

The Police have a National Police Telephone Directory on their web site.


Do you accept international registrations?

Yes. However, you should understand that the main reason this Registry works is because of it's close data sharing relationship with the New Zealand Police and bike shops. These are the groups who most often find stolen bikes.

Similar Registries already exist in countries:

[Please email us if you know of other national bike registries.


What if a thief registers a stolen bike?

If we ever have two people register the same bike we'll notify the Police who should be able establish the rightful owner (and nab the thief too).


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