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Preventing bike thefts on U of A campus

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Bicycle thefts are common on college campuses and the University of Arizona is no exception.

Bikes are such a fast and convenient way to get around to classes, riders do not have to spend time hunting for a parking spot and they do not have to deal with long lines of traffic. 

They do however need to be conscious of securing their bicycle, since it can be a popular thing to steal, whether it is the whole bike or just parts of it – like the seat or one of the wheels.

In 2012 more than 330 bike thefts were reported to the U of A's Police Department. And that was just the reported cases.

There are more than 10,000 bikes on campus.  What can be done?  Is the question asked by students of UAPD, who offers the following reminders:

  • Use a U-shaped lock to secure the bike, instead of a cable or a chain since the latter are easier to cut.
  • Lock the bike to a bike rack, and make sure the wheel and frame are secured at least. 
  • Register the bike with the U of A's Parking and Transportation Department. 
  • Personalize it – scratch rider's initials and/or an ID number into the frame so it is easier to identify.

UAPD has a 10 to 20 officer bike unit that patrols the campus everyday, to help prevent bike thefts.  According to UAPD less than 20 percent of bicycles are ever recovered.

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