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Prevent bike and scooter theft

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

In the past few weeks, there have been a number of bike and scooter thefts on and around campus. These items can be an easy target because they are easily rolled away or can fit in a car. Locking bikes and scooters securely is critical in preventing theft. 

To help the DePaul community avoid a bike or scooter theft, following are some tips on properly securing your vehicle:
  • ​Use a hard, U-lock rather than a cable lock. Cable locks can be cut.
  • Be sure to lock your bike’s frame and wheels. Some of best locations on your scooter for locking are: around the stem or through the folding mechanism. Some locations that you should not use are through wheels that can be unbolted, around handlebars, or through removable or weak points, like fenders or bolted-on accessories.
  • Lock your bike or scooter to a firmly fixed rack or pole.
  • Always lock your bike or scooter, even if you are leaving it for just a moment.
These simple steps can prevent the cost and inconvenience associated with bike or scooter theft.

If you have the unfortunate experience of having your bike or scooter stolen on campus, you can report the theft to Public Safety by visiting in-person or calling 773-325-7777 (Lincoln Park) or 312-362-8400 (Loop). If your stolen item is recovered elsewhere on campus, Public Safety will contact you. You can also visit Public Safety to see if your item was returned to us. Lastly, we also recommend you file a police report.

Public Safety Locations
Lincoln Park: Centennial Hall, 2345 N. Sheffield, Suite 304
Loop: Lewis Hall, 25 E. Jackson Blvd., LL101

Bob Wachowski
Director, Public Safety