As with any college campus, bicycle theft is a constant problem. There are ways to substantially reduce the chances of your bicycle being stolen.
Bicycle Theft Prevention
- 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 casehardened 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 persons hanging around bicycle racks, notify the IU Police Department on your campus.
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).
Bicycles are subject to the same rules and regulations as motor vehicles. Practice these to avoid accidents, mishaps and tickets:
- Ride with the flow of traffic.
- Use hand signals and turn signals accordingly.
- Obey all traffic laws, such as stopping at stop signs.
- After dark, use proper equipment to keep you illuminated.
- Do not ride on sidewalks or areas with a large pedestrian presence.
- Do not ride in university buildings.
- Do not ride through plants, flowers, grass, or other foliage.
Violators of traffic laws are subject to ticketing. Always wear a helmet while operating a bicycle. If involved in an accident, report it immediately by calling 911 or notifying the IU Police Department on your campus.