Over the past year, Temple University has seen a fifty percent decrease in bicycle thefts on campus. Between the months of January and August of 2013, fifty one bikes were stolen on campus. However, this year only twenty five bikes were stolen during those months. Executive Director of Campus Safety, Charlie Leone, explains how campus police, along with Philadelphia police, set up to catch bike thefts in the act.
Campus Safety partnered with Temple Student Government and the Office of Sustainability to figure out ways to go about protecting student’s bikes. They came up with the solution of switching bike registration to online, which they found was more student-friendly. Students can now register their bike on their computer or smart phone and can even add a picture of their bike to help make identifying it easier if stolen. Registrations increased by nearly four hundred since last year.
To register their bikes, students can go to temple.edu/safety, click on Bike Registration and fill out the attached form. Once students complete the form, they can submit it to one off the four police stations on campus. As a incentive to registering bikes with the university, students will be given a free bike U-lock.