Campus warning comes too late after string of summer time bike thefts – The Concordian
On Saturday, August 29, Concordia college students obtained an electronic mail from Campus Security disclosing 5 stories of stolen bicycles throughout campus “over the previous few days.”
Invoice MacDonald, the Director of Public Security suggested college students to park bicycles in well-lit areas and to make use of top quality locks to maintain them safe.
Nevertheless, for some college students, the warning was too little, too late.
Julia Youngs and Zach Strickland, each seniors at Concordia, had their bikes stolen from campus over the summer time. And they’re removed from the one victims, as law enforcement officials in Moorhead noticed 25 stories of stolen bicycles simply throughout the month of June, based on an article titled “Tricks to maintain your bike secure from thieves as summer time goes on” revealed within the Fargo Discussion board on June 27, 2020.
“I had my bike on campus for actually about 4 days,” stated Strickland, whose bike was stolen from the racks outdoors of the townhouses in July. “I got here outdoors to go to work on Sunday morning, and it was gone. The lock was on the bottom the place my bike was — reduce in two by a bolt cutter.”
Youngs shared an analogous story. As she did every day this summer time, Youngs rode her bike to her on-campus job and parked it within the racks close to the services constructing. Sooner or later in June, when she was going to journey house for lunch, she got here outdoors to search out her bike was gone.
“It was a commencement reward from my mother and father,” she stated. “I cherished that bike a lot.”
Each Youngs and Strickland first reported the thefts to Public Security, after which have been instructed to file stories with the Moorhead Police Division. Neither have heard any updates.
“Public Security informed me they might fill out a kind and electronic mail it to me,” stated Youngs. “They by no means emailed me. I by no means obtained any updates in any respect.”
Whereas MacDonald was unavailable for an interview, he did reply to some questions through electronic mail. He stated that if a pupil’s bike is stolen, they need to report it to Concordia Public Security and likewise file a report on-line at www.moorheadpolice.com.
“We will search for the bike on campus and in areas surrounding campus,” he stated. “We can also assessment surveillance tapes if they’re accessible.”
MacDonald defined that there are security measures in place to forestall bike thefts, comparable to common patrols, illuminating areas the place bikes are parked and monitoring some exterior cameras. Nevertheless, not all campus areas have this type of safety.
For instance, there are not any cameras monitoring the townhouses the place Strickland’s bike was stolen.
“There’s actually no cameras or accountability aside from eyewitnesses on the market,” Strickland stated.
Youngs, too, was unable to assessment any surveillance footage of the situation the place her bike was stolen. She stated she considered this as an issue in the case of maintaining college students secure.
“I feel that naked minimal factor that campus safety can do is set up extra cameras on campus,” she stated. “Only for the sake of getting cameras — so much worse can occur than having a motorbike stolen.”
Having no luck with cameras, Strickland took to Fb to ask his associates to maintain a watch out for his blue Cannondale Tremendous V 2000. Whereas nobody had seen the bike round city, many shared related tales of motorcycle thefts from campus within the remark part.
“It undoubtedly coloured how I considered residing on campus,” stated Strickland. “Everytime I stroll previous the bike rack, I’m reminded I had one thing stolen from me.