How to Properly Secure Your Bicycle Make sure the U-lock passes through the center of the frame as well as both wheels! 1. Bike Rack 2. Front Wheel 3. Bike Frame 4. Rear Wheel Steps: • • • • • Detach front tire Place front tire against side of bike frame near the crank and pedals Thread the U-lock through the bike frame, the front tire, and the rear tire If the seat is fastened with a quick-release mechanism, take the seat with you if possible DO NOT USE CABLE LOCKS! Improperly Securing & Locking Your Bicycle Makes It an Easy Target for Thieves Thieves specifically look for bikes vulnerable to parts removal. I.e unlocked quick-release tires and seats Most thefts of bicycles occur because the lock being used is either a cable lock or is not secured to a bike rack properly Important Information to remember Know your bicycle’s serial number, make and model: If the bike is recovered, it will be easier for police to return it to you. U of M students and faculty/staff can register their bicycles online in their electronic portfolio accounts (https://portfolio.umn.edu) . By registering your property, you will increase the chances of recovery should your property ever be lost of stolen.