ASU Parking & Transit and the ASU Police have teamed up to inform students, faculty and staff about safety tips and crime prevention.
It is estimated that 1 million bicycles are stolen in the United States each year, and less than 20% of them are returned to their owner. In celebration of April as Valley Bike Month, here are some tips to reduce the opportunity for bicycle theft:
Always lock your bike – many bikes are stolen because they are not locked at all.
Lock your bike to a fixed, immovable object such as a permanent bike rack that is cemented or anchored to the ground.
Lock your bike in a visible and well-lighted area where other bikes are present.
Use a strong, reliable lock. U-Locks are a great choice because they have been proven among the most effective bike locks.
When locking the bike, at least both wheels and the frame should be secured.
Accessories that can be easily removed, like quick release wheels and seats, should also be secured by a locking mechanism.
Don’t position a lock low to the ground. A thief can attack the lock more easily and less obviously in that position.
Don’t lock bikes to a small tree, aluminum or wooden posts or chain link fences. These items can be easily cut or broken.
Bike owners should register their bikes through a local bicycle shop or by obtaining a license from the city where the owner resides. This establishes a location where a record of the identification number and specifics about the individual bicycle are maintained. This information can then be utilized by the police if the bike is stolen.
PTS is committed to helping prevent bicycle theft on campus and offers several products at a discounted rate. PTS sells a combination package of a U-Lock, helmet and headlight for $35, or the locks can be purchased separately at 50% off of retail price. A regular U-Lock is $15 and a large U-Lock is $20. To take advantage of this offer, visit the Permit Sales office in University Towers, Suite 105, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.