IUPUI Police Offer Bike Theft Prevention Tips
September 24, 2009
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Bicycle thefts are on the rise not only on campus, and the Indianapolis area in general, but nation wide. The increasing popularity of bicycling as a sport and means of transportation has made bicycles an easy target for thieves.
Even though the IUPUI Police recently arrested a suspect for stealing a bicycle, they need the community’s help. People can take steps to make it harder for someone to steal their bicycle and people are encouraged to report suspicious/criminal activity to the IUPUI Police at 274-7911
Theft prevention tips include:
1.Whenever possible, lock your bike to a bike rack and avoid locking items that can be easily cut, broken or removed.
2.Use a steel U shaped lock and remember two locks are better than one. Lightweight cable or chain locks no longer provide adequate security in most areas.
3.Leave as little space as possible within the “U” of the lock to make it harder for thieves to pry it open. The more time it takes a thief to attack your bicycle the less likely it is that your bicycle will become a statistic.
4.Keep the lock off the ground to avoid giving the thief leverage to hammer of smash it.
5.Position the keyhole of the lock so that it faces the ground. This will inhibit the thief’s ability to manipulate the lock.
6.Remove the front wheel and lock both the wheel and frame together with the “U” lock if it is a quick release wheel.
7.Take your bike seat with you if it’s easily removable and/or expensive.
8.Record your make, model, serial number and take a digital photo to assist police if your bicycle is stolen.
Report susicious activity TO IUPUI Police at 274-7911.