A captain at the University of Illinois Police Department said there has been a spike in the number of bikes being stolen from campus this school year, and he's offering some tips on how to keep your bike safe.
Captain Roy Acree said he doesn't have exact numbers, but he's definitely noticed a spike in the amount of bikes stolen. He also said he's not exactly sure why they're being stolen, but he guesses that it could have something to do with the thieves struggling financially.
Acree added that reports of stolen bikes go up when school is in session because there's an increase in the student population and thus the use of bikes as transportation. He said there are many easy ways to keep your bike safe, such as getting your bike registered at the UI Division of Public Safety website and always locking the bike in a designated bike rack.
Acree said if your bike is stolen, you should report it to police. But without matching registration and a serial number, police cannot release it to you because there is no way to accurately verify that it's yours.