Increase in On-Campus Bike Thefts
The increasing number of on-campus bike thefts has been a problem for University of Arkansas Police Department officials this fall, UAPD officials said.
“We’ve had several bicycles stolen this fall. It’s a problem right now,” UAPD Lt. Gary Crain said.
Most of the bikes are stolen from the racks around the residence halls, Crain said, but students and staff have lost their bikes to thieves.
“I see a lot of students who keep their bikes in their rooms so they don’t get stolen,” said Debbie Hudson, administrative specialist for Yocum Hall.
Bicycle theft is easy to prevent, Crain said.
“I think the best way to go is one of those bar locks. That’s the best possible defense for someone stealing a bicycle,” Crain said.
Chain locks are too easily cut. But bar locks, which are available to students from UAPD officers, are much sturdier, Crain said.
Most of the stolen bicycles wind up for sale online, he said.
“Some are being marketed on Craigslist or eBay. Many are being pawned. The higher-end bicycles are definitely being sold for a profit,” Crain said.
Bicycle thefts are easily preventable, he said.
“I ask that if anyone sees anyone acting suspicious or anyone with any tools in their hands around a bicycle stand, that they call the police immediately so that we can put a stop to this theft of bicycles,” he said.