Those who engage in crime are always searching for a soft or easy target. The easiest method to foil their attempts is to practice good, common sense crime prevention habits.
Always be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious persons or activity on campus to security as soon as possible.
- Keep your receipt of purchase and a record of your bicycle's make, model, color and frame number in your files.
- Engrave the bicycle to deter thieves and to help in identifying and returning a stolen bicycle. Mark your identification in two different locations on non-removable parts.
- Never leave your bicycle unattended anywhere.
- Consider using a U-bolt style lock for your bicycle. Attach the lock through a wheel, the frame, and a stationary object such as a bicycle rack (make the lock as awkward as possible to get at).
- Be sure that the bicycle cannot be lifted over what you are locking it to.
- For bicycles with quick-release wheels, lock both the wheels and the frame to a secure structure.
- Secure components that are easily removed (such as lights, saddle bags and seat posts with quick-release levers) or remove them.
- Before you walk away from your bicycle, do a quick check that your lock is really secure and there are no easily removable items.
- Make sure that in parking and locking your bicycle you are not impeding pedestrian or handicap access.
- Report any suspicious behavior you see around the bicycle racks to security as soon as possible.