Bike Theft Prevention Tips
- Never leave your bike unlocked even for a minute. Take time to make sure your bike is properly secured. Secure the lock through the frame and both tires.
- Don’t park in dark or infrequently traveled areas.
The majority of the bicycles stolen on campus are locked with cable locks.
- Don’t secure your bike with a cheap lock.
- Use a U-Lock instead of a cable lock. U-Locks are solid steel and are very hard to cut. Cable locks can be cut easily. If you prefer to have a lock that is flexible like the cable lock, make sure that it is at least 3/8″ in diameter.
- Always secure your bike to a bike rack or solid object. Secure both wheels and frame.
- You can purchase locks at Public safety at a discounted price.
- Remember that locks are only a deterrent.
- Report all suspicious persons loitering around bike racks by calling public safety at x5252 or x6281.
If it can be removed, it can be stolen!
- Quick release tires and adjustable bicycle seats are good examples of parts that are stolen easily. You may ask, “Why would anyone want to steal a bicycle seat?” To sell to someone who has a bicycle without a seat! It’s an ugly cycle.
- Remove the quick releases altogether and bolt the parts onto the bicycle; this may make changing a flat tire harder but will slow down and deter thieves. Or remove quick release parts when you park and take the parts with you. To protect your wheels, always lock them with a strong lock.
- Engrave identifying markings on anything removable to aid in recovery, but better to secure your bicycle parts so that they cannot be removed easily.
The NYPD has initiated a program called Operation I.D. Operation I.D. allows you to register your bicycle with the NYPD. Public safety works closely with the NYPD and can assist in registering you bicycle.