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Theft Prevention

Each year students, faculty, and staff of UCM lose several hundred dollars worth of property to bicycle thieves. In almost all of these thefts, the single contributing factor was the manner in which the bicycles were locked. It is important to lock your bike appropriately; but more importantly, choosing a quality locking device may prevent theft of your bicycle.

Choosing a Lock

Unfortunately thieves are getting smarter and any old lock is not enough. University Police recommend U-Locks with a bend in it to prevent the use of prying tools. This is a valuable addition to the lock and is not used on all U-Lock systems. The extra money spent on a good lock could save you hundreds of dollars in your investment.

  • Be leery of cheap locks. Remember you get what you pay for. You may have to pay a few dollars more for a quality lock, but isn't your bike worth it?
  • A good padlock should have at least a 7/16" hardened alloy steel shackle. If the steel is hardened, the word "hardened" will be stamped on the shackle.
  • Choose a cable or chain at least six feet in length so you can secure the frame and front wheel around an object. If you elect to use a chain, remember the heavier the better. Thicker steel links (3/8" or better) provide greater resistance to cutting or prying. If you select a cable, inspect it closely and make sure you do not have a thicker vinyl coating than steel.

Bicycle Lock Rental

A limited number of quality locks can be rented at the Department of Public Safety. This lock is one of the strongest and most durable locks you can buy. Locks can be rented for $20.00 per school year. Once the lock is returned, the rental fee will be returned.

Securing Your Bicycle

The number one thing that you can do to protect your bicycle from theft is to lock it up. Bringing it inside or just leaving it for a minute while you run inside is likely to cost you your bicycle.

When you do secure your bike, make sure that you secure it through the frame and rear wheel. If you have a quick release front tire, lock that up also.

Remember to lock it to something worthwhile. For a quality lock to work, it has to be attached to a secure object. Many sign posts can easily be removed from the ground; railings can easily be cut. Make sure to use good judgement.

Make sure that you record the serial number and model of your bicycle. This is extremely important and could determine if you ever get your bicycle back once it has been stolen.

Always immediately report to the university police when your bicycle has been stolen. We recover many bicycles that are never claimed or reported missing/stolen.