Here are suggestions for bike safety and theft prevention:
- Always secure your bike with a high quality lock. A steel alloy U-shaped lock with a flat key is recommended.
- Cable locks are easily defeated with pliers. Some universities have programs to cut cable locks with the same type of pliers that thieves use.
- Bikes that are left outside in the same area for long periods of time are stolen more often than bikes that are used daily.
- Even with a U-shaped steel alloy lock your bike can still be stolen Take advantage of registration programs that will reimburse you for the value of your bike if it is stolen.
- When you purchase your bike record its serial number and take a picture so it can be identified.
- Some websites have a form to register your bike’s information and will give you a tag that is difficult to remove once applied to the surface of your bike (http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com).
- Secure your bike to an appropriate bike rack that is sturdy and reinforced. Locking a bike to a tree or street sign is not as secure, while locking your bike to a hand rail may impede pedestrians and riders
- If you are unsure of bike rack locations or have would like to request a rack in a specific location, contact Public Safety at (402) 280-2104.
- Public Safety also has U-shaped locks and heavy chain locks available at cost.
This resource is provided by Creighton's CU SAFE effort!