SAIT students see increase in bike thefts this year
Bike thefts on SAIT campus are up 25 per cent compared to this time last year.
Shane MacDonald, assistant to head of SAIT campus security, said there were 12 bike thefts already this year since July 1.
Over the course of 2016, there were 34 bikes stolen on campus.
MacDonald attributes the increase to the warm weather on campus, citing the fact the temperature bring out more people riding bikes, leading to a higher number of bikes being stolen.
MacDonald warns that bike riders need to remain vigilant, because bike thieves are not deterred by cold weather.
The hotspots on campus for thefts are the north and west sides of the Senator Burns Building, the west side of the Stan Grad Centre and the east side of Johnson Cobb.
“If you see something, say something,” said MacDonald.
There are approximately 12,000 to 14,000 students on campus and approximately 2,000 staff.
That’s a lot of eyes and ears, said MacDonald.
If students want to protect themselves against bike theft, there are three methods of defense Macdonald recommends.
The first is to use a high quality bike lock. MacDonald recommends a U-Lock made of titanium and to avoid low quality cable locks as those can be cut open easily.
Students and staff can purchase a high quality U-Lock at Tuxedo Source for Sports and receive a 25 per cent discount if they show a valid SAIT ID.
“A U-Lock is very good and hard to break in comparison to a cable lock,” said Bryon Sinclair from Tuxedo Source for Sports.
Students can see a sample of the locks available at the sport shop in the Wellness Centre in the Campus Centre.
Tuxedo Source for Sports also offers a U-Lock with a cable attachment for the front tire.
“Quite a few times the front tire is stolen because being a quick release, they can just pop it off,” said Sinclair.
Another way to ensure bike safety, is to make sure it’s locked up to a bike rack, in a high visibility area.
The more people around the less likely a thief is to take a bike from that area, said MacDonald.
Another method for bike safety is to rent out a bike locker from the SAIT Wellness Centre.
These lockers can be rented for $21 per month or $84 for the full calendar year. There is an additional $25 deposit that will be returned to students at the end of the rental period.
If students’ bikes are stolen or they see a bike being stolen they should call campus security at 403-284-8530.