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Bicycle thefts, auto burglaries on the rise

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Oklahoma State University Police Department wants the campus community to be aware of continuing bicycle thefts and auto burglaries. Twenty bicycles have been stolen and 10 vehicles have been burglarized since Oct. 1. 


Capt. Colt Chandler with the OSUPD said bicycle theft locations vary. It appears the perpetrator(s) is using a tool to remove the chains and locks. Bike riders are asked to check on their property at least once a day. Also, heavy metal fasteners such as U-bolts are preferable to a cable-type lock. 

Car burglaries are primarily occurring overnight near residence halls on the northern edge of campus. 

“We encourage people to secure their vehicles,” Chandler said. “ In many cases the suspects are simply pulling door handles and finding which vehicles are not locked.” 


See something suspicious? Dial 911 for an emergency, or call the OSUPD at 405-744-6523 for non-emergencies. Students and employees can also chat with dispatchers through the Rave Guardian app. The chat feature allows users to send a photo of suspicious activity. Learn about Rave Guardian or download here.

To increase the odds that lost or stolen property can be recovered and returned, the campus community can take advantage of the university’s Personal Asset Inventory. The online tracking system provides a place for students, faculty and staff to record the make, model, serial number and an optional photograph of valuables. The Personal Asset Inventory is available on the portal under Quicklinks. 


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