UA students who have been victims of bike theft share their stories. If you or someone you know has had a bicycle stolen and would like to talk about it, please visit the “Share Your Story” tab on the bottom of the homepage.
What Did Your Bike Mean To You?
Hunter Schatz: As far as being attached to the bike, it was my baby. Being a lucky kid my parents pay for my college, but the one thing I did pay for was my bike. It cost me around $500. That was strictly graduation money and hard work. Since I don’t have a car on campus, it was my only means of transportation. If I could advise anyone going through the same experience, just keep faith that it will turn up at some point. Also put some sort of unique marking on your bike so you definitely know it’s yours.
Jessica Covington: I don’t know if I’d say I was emotionally attached to my bike but I am disappointed that someone would go to so much trouble to take it. I never reported it to the police. I thought it would be a waste of time. I remember during Bama Bound they stressed chaining your bike up. One person even said to take your seat off the bike and carry it to class with you. When things like this happen it just makes me wonder what is safe and what isn’t. I’m more paranoid now someone is going to take something I am attached to.
What would you advise other students to do to avoid going through the same thing you went through?
Jonathan Lee: Make sure to lock your bike up very well. My big mistake was locking the rear tire to the bike itself. While this prevents someone from riding off with it, it is still very easy to pick up the bike and throw it in a truck. I see people doing it all over campus and its really just a matter of time. In the future I’ll be sure to lock my bike up properly so that I don’t lose it again.
Robert Talley: Always lock your bike to a bike rack in a way it cannot be removed easily. Also, purchase a cheap bike seat lock just to prevent someone from snagging it real quick. If someone is out to steal a seat they will go for the one that requires the least amount of effort to take, which won’t be yours with a seat lock.
Justin Latham: When I told UAPD to ask UA to install video cameras on AT LEAST one bike rack on campus, in order to deter theft and have at least one spot for people with expensive bikes to rack up, multiple people at UAPD told me it was a great idea and they’d work on it, but obviously nothing has changed. Advising students to buy “better bike locks” is pointless as hell. I can show you Youtube videos of every kind of cable lock, padlock, and U-Lock being broken into or jimmied. There is no lock available at local retail stores that cannot be broken.