The increasing popularity of bicycling as a sport and a means of transportation has made bicycles an easy target for thieves. Nowhere is bicycle theft a bigger problem than on college campuses.
The purpose of the program is to document an owner's bicycle information to help them protect their property and assist with law enforcement agencies should an owner loose their bike or become a victim of theft. The bicycle registration program is a way of collecting bike information (the owner's identification, along with the brand, model, serial number, and color of the bicycle). Once information is collected, it is entered into the Police database and a registration sticker which is affixed to the bike.
Individuals are encouraged to register their bikes to help deter theft and to assist officers should an owners bicycle be stolen or lost. If stolen and recovered registered bikes are more likely to be returned to their owners. The bicycle registration information is kept on file at the CWU Police Department, so even if an owner graduates or moves, the CWU Police Department will still be able to provide ownership information on the bicycle. Additionally, if the bicycle with the registration sticker is located by another enforcement agency anywhere in the U.S., they can contact CWU Police and the owner can be identified.
Any individual (student, staff, faculty, community members) can register their bicycle. Individuals can register in two ways:
The serial number is generally stamped onto the bicycle frame.