Fewer bike thefts this semester
September 21, 2010 5:10 PM
Although the numbers are fewer than years past, theft is still a threat considering bicycles are appealing to people who seek a quick crime.
"Bicycles are a valued commodity that are easy to re-sell through various resources," said Parson. "In addition, (bikes) provide a convenient means for suspects fleeing the scene of the crime [...]."
According to Parson, most bikes are stolen during "active class hours," in the afternoon and evening.
Incidents mostly occur in buildings parallel to 19th and Holloway Avenues, where public transportation can provide thieves an easy escape, Parson said to [X]Press last spring, when bike thefts were also common in that side of campus.
"When UPD detected the trend of bike thefts, we started an active campaign of providing the campus community with information on the thefts and protective measures that community members could use to lessen their chances of being victimized," said Parson.
Parson strongly encourages cyclists to use the indoor parking area specifically designated for bikes, skateboards and scooters to help reduce thefts on campus.
According to Bike Barn staffer Nick Whitson, the space is equipped to accommodate around 350 bicycles but only an average of 115 bicycles are left there each school day.
Although Parson suggests the Bike Barn to be the most secure place for bicycles, an SF State instructor prefers to leave her bicycle within a closer distance from where she teaches.
Biology lecturer Heather Murdock, who bikes to campus from her home in the Sunset, said she has had her bicycle lights and seat stolen within the last 13 years she has been teaching at SF State.
In spite of her experience, Murdock continues to lock her bicycle outside of the Bike Barn because it is less time consuming.
An online transportation survey conducted by SF State in 2008 showed that 3.5 percent of students and faculty biked to campus.
The number could have increased due to the addition of 200 new racks, said Jason Porth, associate director of community relations at SF State.
The racks, provided by a grant of $12,000 received from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, can accommodate 400 bicycles on campus.
"A thief could only break a U-lock with a small jack, and it would take him a while," Le said.
He said nobody on campus should use a cable lock, "When 500 bicycles are forced to conglomerate, it's easy for a thief cut a lock and walk away with a bike."
University police have not found any suspects regarding the bike crimes so far.
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