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Bike Theft Prevention

Bicycle theft is an ongoing problem. If you haven’t already, you should record the make, model and serial number of your bicycle and then login to myUWOportal to register your bike.

Once you have registered your bike, a sticker permit will be mailed to your residence. You should then place the permit onto your bike as described.

Bicycle Registration Policy

Bicycles
In accordance with the provisions in Chapter UWS 18.06 Conduct on University Lands: 18.06 (8) Bicycles. No person may park or store his bicycle in buildings, on sidewalks or driveways or in motor vehicle parking spaces, except in areas designated for that purpose or in bicycle racks.

Bicycles shall be parked so as not to obstruct free passage of vehicles and pedestrians.

Registration
  • Any resident that choose to bring a bike or similar wheeled device to campus choose to do so at their own risk. The Department of Residence Life, the University Police Department nor any other entity of UW Oshkosh may be held responsible for the resident’s bicycle or similar wheeled device in any way.
  • Residents should register the bike or similar wheeled device with the Department of Residence Life in cooperation with the University Police Department.
  • Any bike or similar wheeled device that is stored in or around residence life buildings or structures shall have a bike registration sticker affixed to the frame or seat post of the bicycle in a clearly visible manner.
  • Registration may be completed under myUWOportal. If you live on campus, the registration sticker will be sent to you through campus mail. If you live off campus, the sticker will be sent through US Mail. Questions about the registration process may be emailed to xpeditions@uwosh.edu or you may contact Chief LeMire/Lt Tarmann at University Police (920) 424-1212.
Removal/Disposal
  • Any bicycle or similar wheeled device that is stored in or around any residence life building or structure without an official registration sticker properly displayed will be removed from the location (this includes lock removal/permanent disposal) and will be retained for thirty days by the Department of Residence Life. Upon expiration of the 30-day time period, the bike will be deemed abandoned property and will be permanently disposed of by the Department of Residence Life.
  • Any resident that chooses to bring a bicycle or similar wheeled device to campus must store the bicycle or similar wheeled device in a designated bicycle storage area.
  • In the event that a bicycle or similar wheeled device is stored in a non-designated area and it is legitimately registered with the University, the owner will be notified and given three consecutive days to remove the bicycle or similar wheeled device. Failure to comply with this notice will result in further disciplinary action. If the bicycle or similar wheeled device is to be deemed in violation of UWS 18.06 (8); it would be removed immediately and turned over to the Department of Residence Life. The University Police Department may also issue a citation for this offense.

Exception: Bikes that violate UWS 18.06 (8) (specifically – “Bicycles shall be parked so as not to obstruct free passage of vehicles and pedestrians.”) will be removed immediately and handled as abandoned property.

  • Any bicycle or similar wheeled device that is stored in areas that are not designated as bicycle storage areas (i.e. locked or chained to railings, trees, benches, etc.) will be removed from the location (this includes lock removal/permanent disposal) and will be retained for thirty days by the Department of Residence Life. Upon expiration of the 30-day time period the bike will be deemed abandoned property and will be permanently disposed of by the Department of Residence Life.
  • Any bicycle or similar wheeled device that is stored in or around any Residence Life building or structure that remains at the close of the residence halls (following spring interim) will be deemed abandoned property and will be permanently disposed of by the Department of Residence Life.
  • Any bicycle or similar wheeled device that is stored in or around any Residence Life building or structure must be in safe working condition.  It is the responsibility of the owner to maintain said condition and remove the bicycle or similar wheeled device if it is not in safe working condition.
  • In the event that the University Police respond to a complaint of a secured or unsecured abandoned bicycle or similar wheeled device; they will determine if the bicycle or similar wheeled device is stolen and / or registered with the University.
  • If the bicycle or similar wheeled device is registered or reported stolen, the bicycle or similar wheeled device will be returned to the owner with appropriate action taken.
  • If the bicycle or similar wheeled device is not stolen and not registered with the University the bicycle or similar wheeled device will be turned over to Residence Life to be handled in accordance with the abandoned bicycle polices.
Guest Bicycles
  • If a guest of a resident chooses to bring a bicycle or similar wheeled device to campus, the guest must file a temporary bicycle registration card with the main desk of the residence hall they are a guest in.
  • A guest must affix the provided temporary bicycle registration card to the frame or seat post of the bicycle in a clearly visible manner.
  • All guests that choose to bring a bicycle or similar wheeled device to campus, also choose to do so at their own risk. The Department of Residence Life, the University Police Department nor any other entity of the University may be held responsible for the guest’s bicycle or similar wheeled device in any way.
  • All guests that choose to bring a bicycle or similar wheeled device to campus also enter an agreement to abide by all of the residence life bicycle policies.

Locking Your Bike Correctly

While it’s not possible to make your bicycle 100% theft-proof, there are some simple steps you can take to increase the security of your bicycle and its parts:

  • Use a case-hardened “U” lock; cable locks are easily cut.
  • If you use a regular padlock, purchase one with a 7/16″ shank, the largest size that will fit the campus bike racks.
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area.
  • Lock your bike in an area that can be seen by passing pedestrians or motorists.
  • Remember to also lock parts attached with quick-release mechanisms.

Below are pictures of bicycles that have either been locked incorrectly or correctly.

Poorly Locked

This bike’s owner has a good lock, but is using it incorrectly. The lock is fastened to the cable loop on the rack and not the rack itself. The cable is the most easily defeated part of any bike security system. The u-lock should be through the frame of the bike and secured to the rack, with the cables looped through the wheels and then onto the u-lock.

Poorly Locked

This bike has quick-release mechanisms on the wheels, so the cable should be looped through the wheels to prevent them from being stolen. If possible, this cable-type lock should be avoided.

Not Locked

This bike’s owner has taken the time to look the rack cables through the bike wheels and has secured the rack latch. The only this missing is a lock. No matter how little value you place on your bike, there’s someone who will steal it. Even a $5 lock is better than no lock at all.

Securely Locked

This bicycle is locked securely. Notice that the u-lock is locked to the bike frame and the rack post. Also notice that the rack cable is looped through the front wheel and attached to the u-lock. If the rear wheel also had the cable looped through it, this bike would be very secure.

Securely Locked

This bicycle is locked securely. Notice that the u-lock is locked to the bike frame and the rack post. Also notice that the rack cable is looped through the front wheel and attached to the u-lock. If the rear wheel also had the cable looped through it, this bike would be very secure.