Bicycle Security


Like Your Bike?

  • Choose carefully when and how you park your bike.  Pick well-lighted, public areas, preferably in secure areas (like inside an access-controlled patio in Housing, if you are a resident).  Always use a bicycle rack, not a signpost or tree.
  • Secure with a high-quality lock.  Cable locks do not offer very good protection.  Instead, use a hardened steel, cut-resistant “U” lock or hardened steel chain.  Make sure you secure the lock around the frame and the front tire, and then to the bike rack.  (Watch out for cheap locks that look the same as name-brand locks.  They are often made of inferior materials that can be cut in just a couple of seconds.)
  • Check on your bicycle regularly and move it from time to time.  If you don’t ride your bicycle often and just leave it locked to a bike rack for several days, it becomes a target for “parts scavengers”, as well as bike thieves. Check regularly on your bicycle to make sure it is still secured and that all the parts are still attached. Even if you don’t ride your bicycle, move it from one bike rack to another or even from one space to another, so it is apparent that you use it and/or check on it regularly.
  • Report Suspicious Behavior.  If you see someone standing near a bike rack looking around, parking one bicycle but then going to another one, reaching into a backpack and taking out a tool instead of a key, or wearing unusual clothing like a coat in hot weather (so they can conceal cutting tools), report it immediately to police by calling 911 or (575) 646-3311.