Bike Theft: Realities and Risks
Members of the NMSU community know the effects of bike theft, as it is the number one crime that occurs on campus each day. Within the last week alone there have been seven bicycles reported stolen to the NMSU Police Department. Bicycle theft has become a tremendous problem on college campuses and our campus is no exception. Bicycles and bicycle parts including seats and “quick release” wheels are in big demand and thieves are well equipped and well organized.
Make It Hard To Steal
It has been found that in the vast majority of bicycle thefts, bicycles were either unlocked, improperly locked, or locked with inadequate locking devices such as lightweight cables or chains.
You should always carry a secure lock whenever you plan to leave your bicycle unattended. The U-locks have proven to be most effective, but like all locks they can be defeated. Use a high-end U-lock to reduce the chances of your lock being defeated. You should always exercise care in where and how you lock your bike.
Always lock your bicycle through its frame and both wheels to an approved bicycle parking rack, preferably one with a thick frame. Lock all free parts of the bicycle as well or take them with you. If you lock only the front wheel to the bike rack you may return to find your bike gone and only that wheel remaining. Leave your bicycle in a visible, well lit area and if possible avoid leaving your bike locked overnight. Do not lock your bike to non-designated items like trees, signs, etc.
If your bicycle is stolen on campus you should report the crime immediately to the NMSU Police Department. Providing the police with descriptive information such as the serial number and photo increases the chance of recovery.
To report the theft of a bicycle contact NMSU PD at 575-646-3311.
What You Should Do
If you believe that your bike has been stolen or impounded, you should contact the NMSU Police Department at 575-646-3311.
If you happen to witness a bike theft, either by force or stealth, dial 911 immediately and inform the dispatcher where you are and what is happening. Try to remember as much as you can about the suspect for police reports.
If you suspect that someone has stolen your bike, do not directly confront them because an incident may occur. Contact Police and give them as much information as possible. You can never be entirely sure that a suspect has stolen your bike because many bikes look the same and many people have the same bike.
And remember, if you lock your bike tightly and securely with a U-lock, your chances of being the victim of a bike theft will be substantially lower.
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