Increased Bike Thefts at UF
Police say it's the number one item that's stolen from UF's campus, and it's happening a lot more often than usual this year.
Bicycle thefts at the University of Florida are on the rise.
"I have a really early class in the morning, so I had to walk really early, it was kind of lame," said David Kiester, a freshman at the University of Florida.
"My bike was completely gone and so was the lock," he said.
On Monday morning, Kiester discovered his bike had been stolen from outside of the Jennings residence hall over night.
According to university police, there's been an increase in campus bike thefts over the past few weeks.
"High and low-end bikes, location- residence halls, classroom buildings as well as day of week and time of day, it's all across the board," said Captain Jeff Holcomb, spokesperson for the University of Florida Police Department.
From January to March, 33 bikes were stolen, compared to the 19 during the same time last year, a 30 percent increase.
"The one thing we do see consistent is the mechanism used to lock the bicycles or secure them; either they're not being utilized at all, or they're using a key or chain lock where it is a lot easier to break those with bolt cutters," he said.
Instead of a common chain lock, university police are recommending that bike riders use a "U-lock," and placing it through the front tire, the frame, and bike rack.
Investing in a good lock-- even one that can cost up to $50, Kiester says, could have saved him a lot of walking.
"I actually have one class way on the north side of campus and then 15 minutes later I have one on the other side," he said, "I have to run I guess."
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