Preventing Bike Theft

Many University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff rely on bicycle transportation to get to and from campus. Keep these tips in mind to better secure your personal property, prevent theft, and assist police in locating your bike should it be stolen or go missing.

  • Use a high-quality lock, preferably one that is not easily compromised by bolt cutters. Be sure to lock your bike frame and wheel to fixed, approved bike racks.
  • Keep a record of the make, model, and serial number of your bike, including a photograph. This will make it easier for you to report your bike if it is stolen, and easier for law enforcement to return it to you if it is located. You can register your bike on campus for free using Bike Index.
  • Balance protection and visibility. Lock up your bike in a moderately busy area with high visibility rather than an isolated location. Avoid leaving your bike unattended in the same area for multiple days without checking on it.
  • Consider investing in a small tracking device for your bicycle.
  • Take your bike home during winter break.
  • Report bike theft and suspicious activity near bike racks. You can contact the UI Police at 319-335-5022, or by using the text feature on the Rave Guardian App.

If you're interested in learning more about bike registration, bike safety, or partnering on a bike-friendly event, don't hesitate to contact us.

Contact Campus Safety

Register Your Bike

Registering your bike with Bike Index is free and voluntary. It creates a record of ownership, and may help us return it to you if it is stolen.

Bike Safety and Regulations

Learn more about bike registration, how to find your serial number, parking rules, and local regulations for operating your bike on campus/in Iowa City.