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Bicycle Theft Prevention Tips

Each year, several bicycles are stolen on campus and in the city of Eau Claire. Most thefts can be prevented by properly securing the bicycle with an adequate lock to an approved, fixed object. Always lock your bike and lock it to a bike rack or bike pod! The majority of stolen bicycles have been left unlocked, locked only to themselves, or secured with a lock too weak relative to the value of the bike. U-locks are recommended, but a knowledgeable thief can easily defeat even these.

Recommended Tips:

  • Register your bike through University Housing (at Towers Hall)
  • Always lock you bicycle when parked in a public place
  • We recommend using a rigid U-shaped lock. Chain and cable locks can be defeated easily by a thief
  • Keep a record of your original purchase receipts and any bicycle serial numbers
  • Remember: the newer the bicycle the more desirable to thieves
  • Identify and mark you bicycle. Engraving, tape, paint and other means are helpful ways to personalize your bicycle. Keep a photo of your bicycle on record
  • Lock your bicycle to a fixed, immovable object such as a bicycle rack
  • Always lock your bicycle in a visible and well-lighted area
  • Select a location where there are other bicycles
  • Don’t lock your bicycle to small trees, aluminum or wooded posts or chain link fences — these items can be easily broken or cut
  • Don’t lock your bicycle to railings on steps or ramps as this interferes with those who have sight or mobility impairments


The adjacent diagram shows a bike with a u-lock securing rear wheel and cable securing front wheel
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Shows bike with u-lock securing front wheel, as well as u-lock securing both wheels
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The good key on the right is flat (also called disc), while the bad key on the left is cylindrical
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