Boise State keeps an online record of crimes and incidents reported to campus security. Each incident is labeled with a date, time, nature of crime committed and indicates whether arrests have been made in each case.
According to the log, theft is the most common crime on campus.
In 2012 alone, 55 bicycles were reported stolen. Of the 55 missing, one was recovered by police.
Boise State isn’t unique when it comes to the amount of theft reported. Idaho State, the University of Idaho, and even a large metropolitan school like the University of Southern California annually report theft as the most prevalent crime on campus.
University security officials warn students to take extra precautions when bringing valuables to school.
“It’s pretty basic, lock your bike with a u-bolt, and make sure you lock your doors,” said Lieutenant Tony Plott of the Boise Police Department. “Don’t make yourself an inadvertent target.”
Boise State Director of Campus Security Jon Uda cautions students with bikes to register them with the security outpost or Boise Police.
“If a student registers his or her bicycle with the city, the chances of it being returned to its rightful owner, if it is stolen, go way up,” Uda said.
Last summer, gizmodo.com conducted a review of bike locks and their effectiveness against thieves. The highest rated lock was a u-bolt design.
U-bolt locks can only be cut with industrial power tools, unlike common chain locks that can be removed with bolt cutters.
Senior business student Adam Begando claims his bike made it through two years at Boise State without being stolen because he bought a u-bolt lock.
“My brother uses a u-bolt so I bought one,” Begando said. “I am glad I did though because my roommate and a couple friends of mine have had bikes stolen and had to walk to class.”