In the time it takes you to read this headline someone
can steal your bike...
Protect your bike against theft! Here are some suggestions
by the Police at MIT Crime Prevention Unit:
- It is recommended to use a heavy duty U-Lock. Leave as little
room as possible in the "U" portion of the lock to minimize
the space for thieves to insert tools. Also, do NOT leave your bike unlocked and unattended even "just for a minute while you run into an office or store".
- The MIT Parking & Transportation Office administers bicycle compounds located in the rear of Building 13, in the West Garage, and under Building E53 in the Hermann Garage. Cards to access to the compounds can be requested by sending an email to email@example.com. Your bicycle must be registered with the MIT Parking & Transportation Office in order to gain access to a secure bike compound.
- Position your lock with the key mechanism facing the ground.
- Lock components and accessories which make easy targets.
- Keep your bike locked at all times; even in a dorm, office or
- If your locking your bike and it will be in an area after darkness,
be sure it is in a well lit and traveled area.
- Register your bicycle with the MIT Parking and Transportation office. Bicycle Registration
is available on line or in person. To register your bicycle all
you need is the make, model and serial number. A registration
sticker will be mailed through campus mail to you.
- Don't lock your bike to anything illegal such as a staircase
railing, handicap ramps, etc. (REMEMBER: there is a $25 fine,
after 24 hours is a $50 fine.)
- Don't lock you bike to small trees, chain link fences, or locked
to itself. These items can easily be cut or carried away without
- Don't lock your bike in the same area all the time. A thief
may notice a pattern.
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