Date: 21 October 2010.
Each year a small number of student and staff bicycles are stolen from BU campuses because they are either left unattended or are not securely locked.
Bicycles are a popular target with thieves because they can be easily sold. Where possible use the BU secure storage facilities provided for cyclists on both campuses.
At the Talbot Campus, the main secure bike compound can be found to the rear of Dorset House and a further secure lock-up compound will soon be available at the side of the Sports Hall. There is also a number of Sheffield cycle stands across the Talbot Campus, however these are not fenced off and you should ensure that your bicycle is securely locked.
At the Lansdowne Campus there are secure compounds at the side of Cranborne House and Bournemouth House. There are further bike lock-up areas behind Studland and Purbeck Houses.
To access the secure cycle compounds at the Talbot Campus and at Bournemouth House you must obtain an access card from the Students’ Union reception at Poole House or the Bournemouth House Students’ Union shop. You will need to provide a £5 refundable deposit.
If you are using the BU bike rack in open areas, you are advised to use a high quality D-lock - these are available to buy at the Students’ Union shops. D-locks are difficult to remove but there is still a risk that your bicycle can be stolen.
It only takes a few seconds for a thief to steal a bike, so do not leave bicycles unattended or attach your bicycle to fences, railings or something which could easily be moved or cut.
If you do see any suspicious behaviour, please report it to your BU reception or a member of BU’s Estates staff.