Public Safety launches bike registration program

Ben Kaufman, Senior Editor

Public Safety created a system that will allow students to register their bicycles on campus.

Public Safety Officer Julie Holtzapple first introduced the initiative to let students register their bicycles. She expressed concern about the number of bikes that have been stolen on campus.

“For example, in 2010 Public Safety performed a Bicycle Recovery program prior to commencement,” Holtzapple said. “Out of the 40+ bikes collected, we were able to return 10 to their owners after they reported them stolen to Public Safety.”

Holtzapple said that prior to this new system, if she saw bikes that appeared to be abandoned on breaks or during long periods, she would hold them at Public Safety in an attempt to reduce the number of thefts on campus.

With this registration process, Holtzapple and Public Safety Chief Steve Barilar explained that this is a way for students to protect their bikes in case they get stolen or misplaced. The Bicycle Registration program is simple, fast, and lasts for the entire duration of time spent at the University.

“If a bicycle is collected on campus it is placed into inventory at Public Safety,” Holtzapple said. “A detailed description of this bike, a picture, and the serial number of the bike are kept on file.”

“I hope that you understand that this is an attempt by us in Public Safety to help our students,” Barilar said. “We will bear all of the costs.”

Students also agree and are excited for this new opportunity.

“I think this is a really smart idea, especially with all the theft that has been occurring on campus recently,” Caitlin Maloney ’16 said.

If you would like to register your bike, it can be done online at BUPS Bike Registration. Email Holtzapple at [email protected] with any additional questions.

Public Safety created a system that will allow students to register their bicycles on campus.

Public Safety Officer Julie Holtzapple first introduced the initiative to let students register their bicycles. She expressed concern about the number of bikes that have been stolen on campus.

“For example, in 2010 Public Safety performed a Bicycle Recovery program prior to commencement,” Holtzapple said. “Out of the 40+ bikes collected, we were able to return 10 to their owners after they reported them stolen to Public Safety.”

Holtzapple said that prior to this new system, if she saw bikes that appeared to be abandoned on breaks or during long periods, she would hold them at Public Safety in an attempt to reduce the number of thefts on campus.

With this registration process, Holtzapple and Public Safety Chief Steve Barilar explained that this is a way for students to protect their bikes in case they get stolen or misplaced. The Bicycle Registration program is simple, fast, and lasts for the entire duration of time spent at the University.

“If a bicycle is collected on campus it is placed into inventory at Public Safety,” Holtzapple said. “A detailed description of this bike, a picture, and the serial number of the bike are kept on file.”

“I hope that you understand that this is an attempt by us in Public Safety to help our students,” Barilar said. “We will bear all of the costs.”

Students also agree and are excited for this new opportunity.

“I think this is a really smart idea, especially with all the theft that has been occurring on campus recently,” Caitlin Maloney ’16 said.

If you would like to register your bike, it can be done online at BUPS Bike Registration. Email Holtzapple at [email protected] with any additional questions.

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