Between August 4, 2011 and March 9, 2016, there were 373 bicycle thefts reported to the University of Illinois Police Department (UIPD).
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Reduce Bicycle Theft on Campus (Ongoing)
Like any large community with many bicycles, bike theft is a problem in Champaign-Urbana. Bike theft is a real barrier that prevents theft victims from riding bicycles, and discourages others from bringing high-quality bicycles to campus. The University aims to reduce bike thefts on campus by providing better, more secure bicycle parking and storage facilities, a more robust bicycle registration system, and by working with local police enforcement, bicycle shops, and community groups to identify theft deterrents on campus.
Keys to reducing bicycle theft:
- Never leave your bicycle unlocked!
- Always lock your bicycle to a bicycle rack! Learn how to properly lock your bicycle Lock Your Bike Right (LYBR) video from 2019.
- Register your bicycle and install the registration sticker (529 Shield) to your bicycle. Learn more at Bike at Illinois' Register Your Bike page or go.illinois.edu/mybike
- Report a bike theft to UIPD immediately at (217) 333-1216.
As bicycle theft is a large problem on campus, there is an connection between high theft and ease of theft. Remember to lock your bicycle properly and in the right place. "Where?" and "how?" are questions every cyclist should think about before they lock their bicycle. In general, a solid U-Lock and with a wheel cable are what is recommended. Again, always lock your bicycle to an actual bicycle rack!
Between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, there were 48 bicycle thefts reported to the University of Illinois Police Department (UIPD). This number is believed to be a low estimate, due to under-reporting, and because some bike thefts on campus may have been reported to the local Champaign or Urbana city Police Departments. Following are the number of reported bicycle thefts for the past 5 years:
July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017: 49
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018: 100
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019: 61
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020: 66
July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021: 48
That is an average of nearly 65 reported bicycle thefts a year!
|Area||Number of Bikes Stolen|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering Building (ECE)||47|
|Coordinated Science Lab (CSL)||24|
Source: UIPD 7/8/21
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