Thursday, June 7, 2012
As bike thefts on the University of Arizona campus decrease with each passing year, it’s good to know where your bike is most in danger. In the Arizona Daily Star, Elliot Montgomery, a recent graduate of UA, took the time and effort to determine which places on campus you are most likely to get your bike stolen by analyzing police reports from 2006 to 2011.
The list is helpful because although bike riders should already be taking the necessary precautions to make it harder for their bikes to be stolen with methods such as using a good lock or even ensuring that the bike is locked up correctly, knowing where these hot spots are can urge everyone to take even more precautions.
For example, the Recreation Center and the Main Library topped the list in reported bike thefts, which makes sense considering they are the most popular locations on campus. But knowing this for sure allows for bike riders to use that in order to take those extra precautions with their bike. Methods include removing a wheel or the seat of the bike to make it less appealing to steal. It can be perceived as a little strange and inconvenient, but a dwindling number in bike thefts means that bikes are still being stolen, and no one wants it to be their bike.