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UHDPD Offers Tips to Prevent Bicycle Theft

University of Houston-Downtown Police Department (UHDPD) encourages bike security and registration on campus.

Bicycles are a way of life at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). Many campus community members use them on the roads and surrounding bike paths to travel campus.  The University supports this means of transportation, however, the bike theft dilemma is no stranger to campus. By remembering a few basic precautions, you can reduce your risk of bicycle theft.

  • Purchase a U-shaped high security lock.
  • Use the lock correctly. Position your bike frame and wheels to take up as much of the open space within the U-portion of the lock. The tighter the lock, the harder it is for a thief to insert a pry bar and pry open your lock.
  • If you use cable or chain locks, make sure the chain is hardened steel, at least 3/8 of an inch in diameter. Cables should be the same diameter. Padlocks securing cables or chains should have at least 7/16 of an inch hardened steel shackle.
  • Always secure your bike to a fixed object, and never lock it to itself.
  • Lock your bike securely to a bike rack by fastening the frame to the rack and any quick-release wheels.
  • Immediately report missing or stolen bikes to UHDPD at 713-221-8065, or stop by the station in N116.
  • If you see someone acting suspiciously or loitering around a bike rack, call UHDPD at 713-221-8065.
  • Register your bike online for free with UHDPD. They will keep the serial number on file to assist with recovery. If your bicycle does not have a serial number, contact your local bike shop and request information on how to obtain an identifying number for your bicycle.

“Bicycle security is a priority for UHDPD, and there are several ways to prevent bicycle theft,” said UHDPD Sgt. Trinity Delafance. “To reduce bicycle thefts on campus, we are encouraging everyone who rides a bicycle to campus to take proper precautions.”

For bike parking and safety guidelines, visit the UHDPD Bicycle Safety and Registration.