Bike Theft

Bicycle theft is an on-going problem. If you haven't already, you should record the make, model, and serial number of your bicycle and store this information in a safe place. It's also a good idea to license your bicycle because the above information is recorded and kept at the police department. The Arcata Police Department can provide licenses at their department, located at 736 F Street, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.

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
  • Don't leave your bike locked in a rack overnight
  • Remember to also lock parts attached with quick-release mechanisms
  • Replace quick-release mechanisms with regular nut-and-bolt ones

Return to Police Tips Page Arrow indicating return to the Police Tips Page.