While KU's campus is generally a safe environment, it is always important to take the necessary precautions and properly lock up your bike. In fact, approximately 40 bike thefts are reported at KU annually. You can help prevent bicycle theft by following these tips:
1. Lock it Up: Always lock your bike, no matter how quickly you plan on returning.
Be sure to lock it where it is meant to be locked. Do not lock it to a tree or a railing. The latter presents a tripping hazard and interferes with ADA access. There are bike racks across campus. Our interactive map will help you find the one closest to you.
2. Use the Right Lock: Of those 40 bike thefts a year, less than 1% involved a U-lock! In the majority of reported thefts, the bike was either not locked, or the rider used a cable lock. Cable locks can be cut with relative ease and should not be used alone to lock a bike. They can be paired with a U-lock for added security.
3. Lock it Correctly:
Good: Secure a U-lock around the rack, bike frame and wheel, if possible.
Better: U-lock secured around rack, bike frame and wheel. Plus, cable lock thread through both wheels for added security.
4. Register: Register your bicycle with the Lawrence Police Department. This can help law enforcement officials recover your bike if stolen. To register, locate your bike's serial number and take it to the Law Enforcement Center at 11th and New Hampshire.