The University of Iowa

Do your part to prevent bike theft

The University of Iowa Police Department has recently received a number of reports about bike thefts on campus. 

Though our department is investigating these reports and tracking this issue closely, we thought it might be a good time to remind students, faculty, and staff about a few ways they can be part of the solution by locking their bicycles and taking other preventative measures. 

  • Make sure your bike is registered. 
  • Use a high-quality lock, preferably one that is not easily compromised by bolt cutters. 
  • Lock your bike frame and wheel to fixed, approved bike racks. 
  • Don’t leave your bike in one spot for an extended period of time, and remember where you locked it up. 
  • Lock your bike up in a moderately busy area, as opposed to an isolated spot. Try to balance protection and visibility. 
  • Consider keeping a record of the make, model, and serial numbers of your bike. This will make it easier for you to report your bike stolen, and easier for us to verify a bike is yours if one is later located.
  • Take a picture of your bike so it’s readily available in the event that your bike is stolen.

If you witness any suspicious behavior near bike racks on campus, contact UI police immediately by texting the UI Police Department with the Rave Guardian app, or calling UIPD at 335-5022.