Bicycle Theft & Prevention

Be proactive about keeping your bike safe from theft

A single bicycle wheel, U-locked to a bike rack. The rest of the bike is stolen; the thief simply unscrewed the bike from the  front wheel and left with it.

Bicycle theft is a constant problem on most college campuses, but there are ways to substantially reduce the chances of your bike being stolen.

Take these steps to protect your bike

  • Record the make, model, and serial number of your bicycle and store it in a safe place.
  • Save all receipts involving the purchase of your bicycle and equipment.
  • Your campus may require bicycle registration, which may include a fee. Please check with the IU Police Department on your campus. Unregistered vehicles (including bicycles) are subject to ticketing and impoundment by parking enforcement offices.
  • Always lock your bicycle. An unlocked bicycle is a much easier target than one that is properly secured.
  • Lock your bicycle using a cable and lock as well as a case-hardened U-lock.
  • Lock your bicycle in a well-lit area on a bicycle rack.
  • Never leave your bicycle totally unlocked, even for a minute.
  • Report suspicious individuals hanging around bicycle racks by notifying the IU Police Department on your campus.

What to do if your bike is stolen

If your bicycle is stolen, report it immediately. The sooner police are aware of the theft, the greater the chances of recovering the bike.

If anyone ever tries to take your bicycle, do not fight with them. Be the best witness that you can and immediately notify the IU Police Department on your campus (911 for emergencies).