Pro Tip: How to Lock Your Bike Properly

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Image of Broken Lock by Yannick Bammert via Wikimedia Commons and used here with a Creative Commons license.

Students’ frequent use of bikes make college campuses larger targets for bike theft. These tips on how to prevent your bike from being stolen were compiled from Dude Where’s my Bike, Best Bike Lock Buying Advice, Lock it Up and Tips From a Bike Thief: How to Make Sure No One Steals Your Bike.

1)Buy a good lock and know how to use it properly.

A good rule of thumb when buying a lock is to invest the value of 10% of your bike into a lock. U-Locks are common to protect the tires from being separated from the bike. If you are going to use a chain,  buy a hefty chain that cannot easily be cut through with bolt cutters. A few more reputable and recommended brands include:

2) Register your bike with the University Police Department.

This link contains the form that should be filled out and emailed into the UPD. They will send you a registration sticker for your bike in the mail. Having photos and the serial number of your bike is important in the case that it is stolen.

3) Make the bike your own. The more “personality” your bike has the less likely it is to be stolen.

Simple things you do that signify that a bike is yours can make the world of difference when a thief is considering taking your bike. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add colored/patterned tape
  • Add stickers
  • Place your name on paper under the bike seat
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