The increasing popularity of bicycling as a sport and a means of transportation has made bicycles an easy target for thieves. It is estimated that over 1.5 million bicycles are stolen every year. Nowhere is bicycle theft a bigger problem than on college campuses.
The bicycle registration program is essentially a data bank of bike information (the owner’s identification along with the brand, model, serial number, and color of the bicycle) and a registration sticker which is affixed to the bike. The purpose of the program is to help the bike owner protect their property. Note: Mopeds can be registered if the motor is 50 cc. or less.
Bikes that are registered are less likely to be stolen, and if stolen and recovered, more likely to be returned to their owners. The bicycle registration information is kept on file at Ball State University Police Department, so even if the owner has graduated or moved, Ball State police will be able to provide ownership information on the bicycle. Additionally, if a bicycle with the registration sticker is located by another enforcement agency anywhere in the U.S., they can contact us, and the owner can be identified.
Any Ball State commuter student, faculty or staff member can register their bicycle by stopping by the University Police Department 200 North McKinley Avenue 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. The owner must either bring the bike or present a bill of sale which contains the serial number, brand, model, and color. If you are living in the residence hall, please register your bike with the front desk.
Where is the serial number located?
The serial number is generally stamped onto the bicycle frame (not on wheels, etc.),
1 Across the top bar
On the seat mast
On the lower bar
On the hanger bracket near the Sprocket
On one of the rear forks (left) or (right)
6. On one of the rear stay bars (left) or
For more information, contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Mike Baker at 765-285-3009.
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