Jan. 26, 2018—Boca Raton, Florida—Lynn University’s Department of Campus Safety is asking for the campus community’s help identifying the suspect believed to be responsible for multiple bike thefts on the main Lynn campus.

Three bikes have been reported stolen from Lynn’s campus since Jan. 18. On Jan. 18, a white Huffy bicycle with teal accents was reported stolen from the bike rack located near the south entrance of E.M. Lynn Residence Hall; on Jan. 19, a white Cannondale bicycle was reported stolen from the bike rack located on the northwest corner of the International Business Center; and on Jan. 20, a black Vitesse gas-powered bicycle with red rims was reported stolen from the E.M. Lynn courtyard. 

Campus Safety reviewed video from each incident and provided the following description: The subject appears to be a Caucasian or Hispanic male with brown hair. On Jan. 18, the suspect was seen wearing a black jacket/sweater, tan shirt, and jeans.  On Jan. 20, the suspect was seen wearing the same black jacket/sweater, white shirt, and white shorts.

Surveillance video shows this suspect on a bicycle reported as stolen.
Survellience video captured this image of the suspect on a bicycle resembling one that was reported stolen.

 

Campus Safety has issued a “Be on the Lookout” for all gatehouses, and the Boca Raton Police Department is actively investigating.

If you observe any suspicious activity involving bicycles or near bike racks, please contact Campus Safety at +1 (561) 237-7226 immediately.

 

Help prevent bike theft

* Choose a heavy-duty bicycle lock. Get a U-shaped lock for durability and security. Avoid cable locks, which may be enough to deter passing theft and opportunists, but are ineffective against seasoned thieves.

* Double up. Two or three locks (even cables) are better than one. The more difficult it looks to steal your bike, the less likely a thief will bother with it.

* Choose a good parking spot. Avoid locking your bike to a tree—any tree that’s small enough to fit a U-lock is small enough for a thief to quickly cut through.

* Stay with the pack. Park your bike near others. It increases the chances someone will see it being tampered with.

* Secure all parts. Lock the wheels and saddle. Quick releases and hex bolts are easily removed. Cable locks help keep these items safe, when used correctly.

* Keep a copy. Keep receipts, serial numbers and photos of your bike. Register it to a nationwide database like the National Bike Registry so it can be returned to you if it’s ever stolen and recovered.

* Get tech-savvy. Consider investing in a GPS tracking device, such as the Helios handlebar, the Spot Trace or the forthcoming BikeTrak.

 

Your best lock option

Campus Safety recommends using U-shaped bike locks, like this Abus U-Lock.
Campus Safety recommends using U-shaped bike locks, like this Abus U-lock.

Aa U-shaped lock is often the best option. These locks tend to be smaller, lighter and more compact than chains, which means they’re also easier to carry. The Abus U-Lock Granit X Plus 540 is the company’s top-rated bike model, with a temper-hardened steel shackle and locking elements, a parabolic-shaped shackle that’s said to counter prying and pulling, and double bolts on the shackle for enhanced security.

 

As always, we all play an important role in keeping our campus a safe place to live, work and learn. Should you have any questions, contact our Campus Safety department.

 

Yours in safety, 

Chief Rickard