Property & Bicycle Theft

Property Theft 

Theft of property is the most reported campus crime. Protect yourself and your property by following basic precautions to reduce the opportunity for theft and increase the risk for a would-be thief.

Reduce your risk

  • Never leave your possessions unattended. Opportunity theft is the most preventable crime on campus.
  • Lock your room door, even if you are only going to be gone for a moment. Most thefts occur in under a minute.
  • Avoid leaving messages on your door advertising your departure or arrival.
  • Carry only the personal information, cash and credit cards you need. Keep them secure in your wallet or purse.
  • Immediately report incidents of theft, missing property or suspicious activity to University Police.
  • Get to know you workplace and residence hall neighbors and watch out for each other.
  • Keep a record of the serial numbers of all your valuable items.
  • Never leave valuables, like GPS devices, visible in your car. Take them with you or secure them in your trunk.

Bicycle Theft

University Police sells Kryptonite brand U-shaped locks at cost at the University Police stations located at 211 E. Superior Street (Chicago) or 1819 Hinman Avenue (Evanston).

Theft of bicycles and bicycle parts are common crimes on college campuses. To protect your bicycle:

  • Always properly secure your bicycle frame to a bicycle rack or stationary object with an alloy hardened U-shaped lock, even if you're only going to be gone a minute. Most locking cables and chains, regardless of a hardened case, can be cut with bolt cutters.
  • Immediately report suspicious activity near bicycle racks that you see.
  • Register your bicycle with University Police. University Police concurrently registers bicycles with the Evanston or Chicago Police Department.
  • When you lock and leave your bicycle, try to choose a public place where passersby will notice a thief.
  • When possible, release the front wheel and secure together with the back tire. Remember to also secure removable seats.
  • Keep records of serial number, description of bicycle, bill-of-sale, etc.
  • Put your bicycle in storage when not in use. Bicycles are prohibited from being stored in corridors, hallways, stairwells, lounges or any thoroughfare.