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Bike Theft Prevention

Bicycle theft is an ongoing problem. If you haven't already, you should record the make, model and serial number of your bicycle and then log into myUWOportal to register your bike. Once you have registered your bike a sticker style permit will be mailed to your residence. You should then place the permit onto your bike as described.

It is important that you follow the UW Oshkosh Department of Residence Life bicycle registration policy. This policy was written in cooperation with the UW Oshkosh Police department in an effort to return lost/found bikes to their owners and to limit bikes found to be abandoned at the conclusion of the academic year.

While it's not possible to make your bicycle 100% theft-proof, there are some simple steps you can take to increase the security of your bicycle and its parts:

  • Use a case-hardened "U" lock; cable locks are easily cut.

  • If you use a regular padlock, purchase one with a 7/16" shank, the largest size that will fit the campus bike racks.

  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area.

  • Lock your bike in an area that can be seen by passing pedestrians or motorists.

  • Remember to also lock parts attached with quick-release mechanisms.

Below are pictures of bicycles that have either been locked correctly or incorrectly. Read the captions to discover what is correct or incorrect about the locking technique used.

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by heenaa35 last modified Nov 07, 2012 01:33 PM