SECURITY BULLETIN Use U-bolt locks to prevent bike thefts

Thefts of bicycles from the U-M campus continue to be a concern for U-M Police, said Joe Piersante, interim chief of police. At least 67 bicycles have been reported stolen from campus locations in 2012.

"Most of these thefts can be prevented if owners would use sturdier bike locks," Piersante said.

U-M Police recommend use of U-bolt locks, rather than flexible cable locks that easily are cut by thieves. The U-bolt locks usually are made from heavy metal that take longer for thieves to defeat.

Additionally U-M police urge bike owners to record the serial numbers of their bicycles in a safe place.

"When we recover a bicycle from a thief or re-sale shop, we can return it to its rightful owner if we have the serial number listed in a larceny report," Piersante added.

If anyone sees suspicious behavior in and around campus bike racks, please contact the Department of Public Safety immediately at (734)763-1131 or text 377911. Help keep our campus safe.

updated on Aug 07 2012 14:30

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  • Always keep your doors locked, even while at home.
  • Look assertive and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be aware that your risk increases in secluded and isolated areas.
  • Walk with a trusted friend or co-worker when possible.
  • Trust your intuition. If a particular situation makes you feeluncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.
  • Have your keys in hand before you reach your vehicle or residence.
  • If you feel threatened on campus, look for a blue light emergencyphone or call 9-1-1 from any phone (no coins need for 9-1-1 calls).
  • Confidential TIP line 1-800-863-1355.
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