BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The LSU Police Department is seeing a rise in bike thefts and they are now asking students to take extra precautions when leaving their bikes on campus.
Imagine walking out of your dorm one morning to find your bike missing — this is the reality for some LSU students on campus.
“There has been a rash of bike thefts. We’ve got some suspects and we’ve sent out help to identify the public. Mainly they’ve been cutting the bike locks,” said LSU Police Community Outreach Officer Marlon Hawkins.
The LSU Police Department said bikes are coming up missing left and right. At least 8 bicycles have been stolen this month.
“Mainly where there is a lot of, bike stands at which, all of the residence halls have bikes, stands throughout campus, but it’s mainly near the residence halls,” said Hawkins. “The residence halls have interior like storage areas, more than newer dorms have interior bulk storage areas where they can put their bikes on the inside and you have to have a car to access to get in the doors. It’s still suggested they still lock the bike once they put them in there, but it’s better than being outside in public, or you can even take the bicycle to you.”
LSU student Trevor Baughman rides his bike every day on campus.
“I get to spend more time relaxing. I just get on a bike and go whenever I need to get to a classroom or somewhere else,” he explained.
He said he wasn’t surprised to hear there’s an issue with bicycle theft because his friend’s bike was recently stolen.
“They sent us an email about Nicholson Gateway apartments like they said it was a bike theft and they had a picture of him to help identify. I was like, wait, that’s exactly the time my friend’s bike got stolen,” said Baughman.
Hawkins said getting a durable U-lock to properly secure your bike can help prevent theft.
There’s another kind of lock called the U-lock that is not 100%, but it’s a lot more stable and durable than the cable locks and hooking that around the frame of the bicycle. The will of the bicycle and a fixed object in the ground, which is a, you know, the bike stands, will help prevent like this,” he said. “When it’s connected to the fixed object and the wheel and the frame. You know, it is just a preventative measure and it’s way better than a cable lock.”
“Oh, I keep this lock on it all the time, any time I never leave it unattended or unlocked, at least,” said Baughman.