Affix the bicycle registration decal to your bicycle as soon as you receive it to avoid forgetting to do so.
- Affix the decal to the bar underneath the bike seat, as if it were a license plate number.
- Clean and dry the area before affixing the decal.
Bike Lock Ups Dos and Don’ts
The occurrence of bike theft (and of bike parts such as seats and quick release wheels) is higher in urban areas and on college campuses due to the numbers of bikes and the length of time during which those bikes may be left unattended. Take a few simple steps to protect your bike.
- Keep your bike frame and wheels locked at all times.
- Lock your bike in a well-lit area.
- Use a sturdy bike lock.
- Lock your bike to an object that is securely bolted or cemented to the ground.
- Position your lock with the key mechanism facing down.
- Create a snug fit with wheels and frame so that there is little room in the U-portion of the lock for thieves’ tools.
- Record the serial number, make, model, color and bike decal number in a safe place.
- Make sure the bike is covered on home or renter’s insurance policies, especially if the bike is expensive.
- Lock your bike indoors whenever possible, especially if you will not be using it for a while.
- Lock your bike to objects that can be easily cut.
- Lock your bike in the same area all the time.
- Position the lock near the ground to prevent thieves from attempting leverage or crushing the lock.
- Lock your bike to pedestrian railings, heaters, or other objects not intended for bicycle security (your bike could be removed by college officials if not locked in a proper area).
If Your Bike is Stolen
- Often, improperly secured bikes may be “borrowed” by people who might think it may be a “community bike” — it may be located elsewhere on campus. Try looking on campus, or report to Campus Police who can assist with this.
- Report the theft to Campus Police.