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Bike Theft Prevention With “Lock and Roll”

Published: August 18, 2014

During Move-In Day at CSULB on Saturday, Aug. 23, a new bicycle theft prevention and recovery program called “Lock & Roll” will be rolled out.

In a recent U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Crimes Statistics Report, it is noted that bike theft is the fastest-growing crime on college campuses across the country and CSULB is not immune. According to the University Police Department (UPD), 73 bikes were reported stolen from CSULB last year, with the loss valued at $41,604.

“Bike theft on campuses around the country has always been a concern and this campus is no different,” said CSULB Police Chief Fernando Solorzano. “Unfortunately, we’ll probably never stop all thefts, but I think through this type of educational program and by offering an affordable bike lock to those individuals who need one, well, that’s a very positive step and will go a long way in preventing this crime. And, as always, we ask individuals that if something doesn’t look right or seems suspicious, please call campus police immediately, whether it concerns a possible bike theft or anything else on campus.”

The CSULB Cycling Club, the CSULB Sustainable Transportation Program and UPD have secured funding through the Campus Sustainability Task Force to work with Out-Spoke-N Cycles and the ABUS Lock Company to make 100 high-quality U-Locks available to the campus for only $5 upon bicycle registration. The first 100 students, faculty or staff registering their bikes with UPD and then present proof of registration at the University Bookstore, can receive an ABUS U-Lock for $5 as well as instructions on how to properly secure their bikes.

The Lock & Roll Initiative’s comprehensive approach to bicycle security—U-Lock + Education + Registration—will benefit the entire campus community and contribute to campus sustainability by combating bike theft and encouraging students, faculty and staff to ride a bike to campus.

“Each year during move-in weekend, students and parents repeatedly state their reluctance to bring a bike to campus because they feel it will get stolen,” said Elissa Thomas, the campus’ Sustainable Transportation Coordinator. “Bike theft on campus is a major deterrent to CSULB students, faculty and staff choosing to bike to campus and use a sustainable mode of transportation in lieu of driving a car.”

According to UPD, the campus community as a whole may not know how to correctly position the U-Lock on the bike, so the program will inform individuals on how to do such. In addition, the bicycle registration offered by UPD can aid in the recovery of a bike in the event that it is stolen.

“The members of our campus community need both affordable U-Locks and instructions on their use as well as bicycle registration if we are to deter bike theft and create a safer environment that encourages people to bike to campus,” said Thomas. “For each person who rides a bike to campus instead of driving a car for a 3.5-mile trip to campus, we would save more than 846 pounds of CO2 emissions annually. For the 100 members of the campus community who will benefit from the $5 U-Lock + Education + Registration Program, that would amount to 84,640 pounds of CO2 emissions reduced annually.

“Further,” she added, “it would transform the university to become an environment where bicyclists feel safe and comfortable and are truly included in our commitment to support sustainable transportation options to the campus.”

–Shayne Schroeder