Tips to Help Prevent Bicycle Theft
Bicycle theft has become a notable problem on college campuses, and Cypress College is no exception. Bicycles — and individual bicycle parts such as seats and “quick release” wheels — are in big demand for would be criminals. Every set of bike racks is currently covered by a security camera. These cameras have helped Campus Safety and local police capture suspects in the past. As the college explores additional ways to help reduce theft, we are sharing tips to limit the window of opportunity for would-be bicycle thieves:
Secure Your Bicycle
It has been found that in the vast majority of bicycle thefts, bicycles were unlocked, improperly locked, or locked with inadequate locking devices, such as lightweight cables or chains, or low-quality U-lock devices.
The following tips may be helpful to deter a perpetrator from committing theft:
- You should always lock your bicycle through the frame and both wheels to a bicycle parking rack, preferably a rack with a thicker frame.
- Lock all free parts of the bicycle as well, or take them with you. If you lock only the front wheel you may return to find only the front wheel.
- You should always carry a secure lock whenever you plan to leave your bicycle unattended.
- The “U”-shaped locks have proven to be the most effective; but, like all locks or chains, they can be defeated. Use a high-end “U”- shaped lock to reduce the chances of the lock being defeated. You should also exercise care in where and how you lock your bicycle.
- Leave your bicycle in a visible, well-lighted area. Avoid leaving your bicycle locked outside overnight.
- Always use designated bike racks rather than light poles, railings, benches, or other unsecured places. Suspects are often creative in their approach; if they are unable to steal the bike, they may try to take any valuable parts.
- Report the theft immediately to the Cypress College Campus Safety Department.
- Provide campus safety staff with the descriptive information, such as the serial number and license number, to increase the chance of recovery.
- Call Cypress College Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387
At this time, the Cypress College Campus Safety Department is seeking information related to recent bicycle thefts. These photographs depict potential suspects. If you have any information, please immediately contact the Cypress College Campus Safety Department at (714) 484-7387.