Bike theft prevention

  • Always lock your bike with two quality locks; use a U-lock and a cable lock.

    Using the U-lock, lock the frame of your bike to the bicycle rack and with a long cable lock “intertwine” the cable lock to the bike frame, wheels and bike rack.
  • By using more than one style of lock, it will take thieves two types of tools and twice as much time to steal your bike.
  • If possible, also remove the seat of your bike. Without a bike seat, thieves won’t be able to make a quick escape and ride away on your bike.
  • Remove all quick release items and bring them with you.
  • As proof of purchase in case of theft, save your receipt and serial number, also take a picture of your bike.  If your bike is stolen and then recovered, the return process will be easier.
  • Personalize your bike (with stickers, for example) so it’s less attractive to thieves. 
  • Register your bike with Operation Identification at Community Protection (Room 02A of the University Centre).  Again, if your bike is stolen and then recovered we will be able to contact you much sooner.
  • Keep an eye out for suspicious or unusual activity and report it to Protection Services at 141 Louis-Pasteur or by calling 613-562-5499.
  • Report all bike thefts to Protection Services at 141 Louis-Pasteur or by calling 613-562-5499.
  • Never leave your bike unlocked or unattended, even for “just a minute”.  It only takes a minute to steal a locked bike; unlocked bikes are irresistible to opportunistic thieves.
  • Never lock your bike by the front wheel only.  It will be too easy to steal.  The above picture shows this!
  • Always lock your bike to a bicycle rack and never to a pole, tree or railing as it will be easy to steal.  Bikes not parked at a bicycle rack or bikes obstructing pedestrians and wheelchair accessibility are subject to removal at the owner’s expense.
  • More than 92% of all bikes stolen on campus were locked with a cable or chain lock.  Following our first recommendation (in the “Do this” column) will considerably increase your chances of keeping your bike.

For more information on your cycling options and how to prevent bike theft contact:

Sustainable Transportation Office
sustainable.transportation@uottawa.ca
613-562-5800 X:6523 

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