UW Police

Bike Theft Prevention Tips

CLICK HERE to register your bike with the UW Police Department.

  • Never leave your bike unlocked even for a minute. Take time to make sure your bike is properly secured. Secure the lock through the frame and both tires.
  • Don’t park in dark or infrequently traveled areas.

The majority of the bicycles stolen on campus are locked with cable locks.

  • Use a U-Lock instead of a cable lock. U-Locks are solid steel and are very hard to cut. Cable locks can be cut easily. If you prefer to have a lock that is flexible like the cable lock, make sure that it is at least 3/8″ in diameter. You can purchase locks at any of the local bike shops in town.
  • Don’t secure your bike with a cheap lock.
  • Always secure your bike to a bike rack or solid object. Secure both wheels and frame.
  • Remember that locks are only a deterrent.
  • Report all suspicious persons loitering around bike racks by calling 911.

If it can be removed, it can be stolen!

  • Quick release tires and adjustable bicycle seats are good examples of parts that are stolen easily. You may ask, “Why would anyone want to steal a bicycle seat?” To sell to someone who has a bicycle without a seat! It’s an ugly cycle.
  • Engrave identifying markings on anything removable to aid in recovery, but better to secure your bicycle parts so that they cannot be removed easily.
  • Remove the quick releases altogether and bolt the parts onto the bicycle; this may make changing a flat tire harder but will slow down and deter thieves. Or remove quick release parts when you park and take the parts with you. Or use Loctite Red Thread locker; you will need heat and a wrench to remove the bolt.
  • To protect your wheels, always lock them with a strong lock.

Check out the UWPD’s engraver (return within 72 hours) to place identifying marks on bikes or electronics.

Registering your bike can improve the chances of it being recovered if it is stolen: CLICK HERE to register your bike with the UW Police Department.

Learn more about what you can do to prevent bike theft on campus on our Love Your Bike crime prevention page.

Local Bike Shops

ASUW Bike Shop
HUB 103, Box 352238
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2238
Phone: 206.543.2742
Fax: 206.221.2533
Email: asuwbike@uw.edu
Located on the first floor of the HUB, down the north hall.

Off-Campus Locations

4550 9th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206.706.4700
Gregg’s Greenlake Cycle
7007 Woodlawn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 206.523.1822
Counterbalance Bicycles
2943 NE Blakeley
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.922.3555
Montlake Bicycle Shop
2223 24th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone: 206.329.7333
Recycled Cycles
1007 NE Boat Street
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.547.4491
REI #11
222 Yale Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109-5429
Phone: 206.223.1944
Second Ascent
5209 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206.545.8810
Velo Bike Shop
2151 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206.325.3292