Bicycle Theft Prevention
The University Police Department takes several reports of bicycle theft each year. In the majority of the cases the bicycles were either not locked or the victims used a metal cable style lock.
Listed below are several precautions student can take to ensure the security of their property.
- Keep a record of your bicycle serial number, which is usually located on the bottom of the frame between the petals.
- If your bicycle does not have a serial number, mark your bicycle where your serial number would normally be by engraving your initials or a four-digit number of your choice.
- Record your bicycle information in our Bicycle Registry in case you needed to report it as stolen.
- Lock your bicycle using a strong, secure lock (U-Lock).
- Secure the bicycle to a designated bicycle rack.
- Be certain to secure both wheels.
- If your bicycle is stolen, immediately contact the University Police in order to make a crime report.
Take a quick release front wheel with you or take it off and lock it up to the frame.Always lock your rear wheel, frame and front wheel. Cable lock your seat for extra protection.Secure the lock tightly. Leave no room for a lever or crowbar to pry the lock open.Always take your accessories (lights, bottles, computers, bags, bells, etc.) with you or lock them to your bike.Use locking skewers and bolts for your wheels, seatpost, top or head tube.Don’t rely on a bolt or screw to hold down anything – wrenches and screwdrivers are common tools.
Park at bicycle racks.Properly secure your bicycle to a fixed location that can’t be lifted up and away.Try to park where there is high pedestrian traffic and avoid areas that are no well-lit at night.Don’t lock your bike to any sign, fence, light post, parking meter, tree, or any area other than a designated bike rack.
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