Bike Theft Prevention

  • Record your serial number
  • Save your receipt
  • Engrave your drivers licence number onto the frame of your bike
  • Security Services or MACycle co-op can do this for you, free of charge
  • Lock bike to bike racks provided only
  • Use two good quality bike locks
  • When at the bike rack watch for suspicious activity
  • Report suspicious or unusual activity immediately to Security by dialing “88" from any campus phone


Locking your Bicycle

Fill the bike lock as much as possible. This helps prevent your bike from being stolen, as it makes it dificult to fit a tool into to cut your lock.

Use more than one style of good quality lock on your bike rack. Criminals usually only carry one type of tool.

Here we present three different methods of locking your bike, each offering a different level of convenience: the relatively quick and dirty "No Frills", the fancier "Pop A Wheelie" and the downright paranoid "Double Indemnity".

We also present some no-no's we've spotted around campus. Hopefully you won't recognize either your methods or bike in these shots. If you do, it's time to adopt a new anti-theft strategy!

Option 1: NO FRILLS

Step 1: Rest your bike against the rack. We advise using the very end of the bike rack, rather than one of the centre rings, as the rack is more substantial at its ends, making it harder to cut through. We also recommend using a U-lock. Run your lock through the wheel, around the seat tube and the bike rack. This fills up a lot of the lock and makes it more difficult to break.
Step 2: Angle your lock with the key hole or locking mechanism facing downwards. This also makes your bike harder to steal.



Step 1: If you have a quick release front wheel, this method can make your bike much less attractive to steal. First, unhook your brake cables.

Step 2: Next, lift the lever at the centre of your bike wheel.
Step 3: Roll your front wheel to the back of your bike and rest your fork on the ground.
Step 4: Run your lock through both wheels, the seat tube and the bike rack. Angle the lock downwards as much as possible. And don't forget to take your seat away with you when you go.



Step 1: This method is a great way to secure your bike when you don't have a quick release front wheel. Having to deal with both a cable and U-lock will be too formidable a challenge for theives carrying only one type of tool. First, take a cable lock and thread it through your front wheel.

Step 2: Next, bring the lock ends up and cross them over your cross-bar.

Step 3: Lock the criss-crossed cable around the post of the bike rack.
Step 4: Before locking the cable, see if you can feed it through the underside of your bike seat.


Bike Lock No-No's

Check out the shots below for some examples of improperly locked bikes that are vulnerable to theft.

Certain areas around campus, particularly at the entrance to the Health Sciences Centre, are in dire need of additional and replacement bike racks. We feel your pain...and we're working to provide adequate locking facilities across campus.

That's (not) the Ticket: This bike is locked to a tree. Besides compromising the health of the tree, locking to vegetation means your
bike can be more easily swiped.

Up, Up and Away: This bike has been locked to itself. Thieves can simply pick up the bike and walk it to a more remote location where the lock can be removed.

Chop Chop: Top marks for creativity, but a quick snip, even with scissors, and this bike's a goner. With no brakes the thief will have a potentially hair-raising ride home, however.
Unicycle: If you lock only one wheel, a thief can quite easily take the rest of the bike.