Using the right locks and registering your bike through Arizona State University can help in bike theft prevention

Students’ bikes locked up in front of the Taylor Place dorms on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus
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Bike theft continues to be an issue around Arizona State University campuses. In order to protect themselves from theft, students are encouraged to take necessary precautions to ensure that bikes are not being stolen.

Katy Harris, a spokeswoman for ASU PD’s media relations department, said that the most common reported crime among ASU students is bike theft.

According to ASU’s police department website, robbery is defined as “the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.”

Frankie McLister, a sophomore at ASU, said he has had his bike stolen back home in Washington D.C. before so he has invested in two U-locks, which he uses to lock up both tires to whatever he’s locking the bike up to 

McLister said that if people locked their bikes up securely with a U-lock and have them registered through ASU, then they are less likely to have issues with bike theft.


“Bike theft is completely ridiculous,” McLister said. “Although it’s convenient to take an unlocked bike, it’s not your property therefore you shouldn’t take it, it’s as simple as that.”


During his freshmen year, Jackson Dorsey, an ASU student, would frequently lock his bike up on the downtown campus. Dorsey usually stored his bike in an indoor bike locker with ASU, and had his bike registered with a bike ID. However, there was a two-day period where his ID wouldn’t work to get into the locker. As a result, Dorsey used the outdoor bike rack and his bike got stolen.


“I registered my bike (with ASU) and took all the protocols, if in the case that my bike did get stolen and they found it, they’d be able to contact me,” Dorsey said. 

Dorsey said that he immediately filled out a report online once his bike was stolen, and because he had his bike registered through ASU it made the process easier.  “Then it was a waiting game where I probably had a month of hope, and then I was like, yeah I don’t think this is ever coming back,” Dorsey said.   Dorsey suggested that maybe a teaching campaign to teach students how to lock their bike at night could prevent and help with theft.

“Also, just making that process of getting priority bike-locking…more efficient. I know that certainly would’ve helped me,” Dorsey said.  Since the incident, Dorsey has learned from his mistakes and has bought a nicer bike lock along with registering with insurance.

 “It’s just a matter of protecting what you have, whether that be with an insurance policy or a better bike lock or better locking procedures,” Dorsey said.


Dani Hess, an ASU sophomore, said she also locks her bike up with the hard metal U-lock because they are harder to break.


“And then I just make sure that I lock my bike where there is good lighting so that it doesn’t get stolen because people can see what you’re doing,” Hess said. “I think that bike theft is wrong and that if you really want a bike that you should save some money and invest in one. You can even get used ones for very cheap.”


According to the university police department’s website, the Crime Prevention Unit, along with other ASU police staff and ASU departments, conduct free programs during the year to educate students and employees on ways to remain secure and safe.


ASU students and employees across all ASU campuses are encouraged to download the LiveSafe App where users have the power to report crimes and emergencies on their smartphones. The app allows people to send a link with their GPS location to ASU police as well their personal emergency contacts.


Parking and Transit Services at ASU do require students who own a bike around campus to register their bike for free with ASU.


Students can register their bikes at any of the campus’s PTS office, or at any of the Tempe campus bike valet stations.


In ASU’s 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, it says that, “registration may assist in recovering a bicycle in the event it is stolen and may deter theft since registered bicycles are kept on record with ASU Police.”


Registered bike users can enjoy benefits that allow people to access the Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campus card-access bike-parking facilities, along with the drop-off services at the free Tempe bike valet stations.




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