Purdue police encourage bicycle registration

September 17, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police are reminding the campus community to register bicycles with the department and to take steps to ensure their bikes are secured when not in use.

"We have had about 20 bicycle thefts since the start of the academic year. If a person registers their bike, we have all the information on file, and it will assist us if it is stolen," said Purdue police Capt. Eric Chin. "We also encourage people to use high-quality locks and secure their bicycles to the bike racks around campus and not hand rails, trees or other objects."

A link for the "Easy Bicycle Registration" is in the left column of the police department's website (http://www.purdue.edu/police/). Registration is free and is valid for five years.

"While people are registering their bicycles, we also have a computer registration, as well," Chin said. "We encourage people to do both."

Anyone with information on a bike theft can call the Purdue Police Department at 765-494-8221 or 9-1-1. The WeTip anonymous hotline, which is used by all Greater Lafayette law enforcement agencies, also is available at 1-800-78CRIME (1-800-782-7463). 

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

Source: Eric Chin, 765-494-8221, ehchin@purdue.edu

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