UCCS police warn of bike thefts on campus

Cambrea Schrank 


     Seven bike thefts have been reported on the UCCS campus since Aug. 23, according to university police.  

     Two of these thefts occurred in Summit Village; the others occurred in or near Alpine Village, according to Detective Corporal Martin Toetz.  

     “So far, all of these [stolen bikes] have had cable locks which are really easy to defeat — it only takes a bolt cutter. It only takes a couple of seconds to take the lock off and walk off with a bike, or in this case, ride off with the bike,” Toetz said.  

     Bike thefts on campus are not out of the ordinary, according to Toetz. “It’s typical. When the school year starts, the [criminals] know that we have bikes locked up all over campus.” 

Bikes on the UCCS campus. Photo by Kate Marlett.

     Toetz theorized that this is the work of several people, not a single individual.  

     According to Toetz, some of the perpetrators leave a bad bike behind when they steal a good bike.  

     There have been no witnesses to the thefts. Toetz said, “Even if they come on campus during the day, they come on with a backpack — they look like a student.”   

     Toetz advises that when students secure their bike outside, they use a U-lock instead of a cable lock; U-locks are much more difficult to defeat.  

     Another way to help secure a bike is to remove the seat and/or front wheel. “If you take the seat off, who steals a bike with no seat? Plus, if you see someone riding around on campus on a bike without a seat, that is kind of a clue,” Toetz said.  

     Toetz also encourages students to register their bikes with the UCCS parking office. “If we want to track a bike down, we really need the serial number … it’s a good idea to keep track of that.”  

     If you have any information that might be helpful in this investigation, contact the University Police Department at 719-255-3111, for the attention of Toetz, or in person at the Department of Public Safety located inside the Gateway Hall building.  

     “If you see something, say something … maybe we will catch someone,” Toetz said.  

Graphic created by Jack Lusk.