In 1994 Integrated Cycle Systems, creator of the Bad Bones U-bar lock upgrade product, and manufacturer of a line of U-bar locks, undertook a national study of bicycle theft on college campuses.
The first thing they found was that, just like the national crime statistics,
many bike thefts go unreported. "National estimates state that only one-third of stolen bikes are reported, so the ACTUAL figures are possibly THREE times higher than what is reported here."
The ICS study reports a 59.6% increase in bicycle thefts on college campuses from 1989 to 1993. They report that in the 1992/93 school year, 11 bikes out of 100 were stolen on campus. The survey summary states:
"Given the increasing incidence of theft, a four year student cyclist has a 17.75% chance of losing their bicycle. By taking the possible unreported thefts into account, a four year student bicyclist faces a 53% (1 in 2) chance of losing their bike to theft."
The ICS survey summary states, "It is apparent that all regions and all size campuses are subject to cable & chain cutting as well as unsecured opportunity" thefts. Also, U-lock failure is growing in every region. Pipe bending of the locking mechanism and the use of pipes and car jacks to snap the shackle of the U-lock have been reported."
aren't all of the stolen bikes recovered by the police returned to their owners?
Why aren't the thieves prosecuted? Because the police could not identify the bike's owner --the information wasn't in the national bicycle identification and recovery database!
Don't make this mistake! If your bike is stolen, you have a good chance that police will recover it. DON'T LET YOUR BIKE SIT IN SOME POLICE WAREHOUSE!. Place information about yourself and your bike(s) in the national database today.