In the past two weeks, three Emerson College students have reported their bicycles have been stolen from the bike rack across from Colonial Building on Boston Common.
The thefts occurred on August 29, September 4, and September 10, according to the Emerson College Police Department. All of the stolen bikes were locked with similar standard “U-locks.”
Emerson Police Chief Robert Smith said in an interview with the Beacon that he believes the thefts are being carried out by the same group. This correlates with a slight rise in bike thefts reported in the greater surrounding area by Boston Police, according to Smith.
Although Emerson offers free on-campus bike storage in the Ansin Building, registration for use is required and storage space is limited. Smith said students looking to use the more accessible outdoor bike racks should “put the lock through the frame and front tire” and suggested investing in higher quality locks.
ECPD hopes that the upgrade in security cameras, planned to be completed by October, along with alerting officers to “be more vigilant” in patrolling the area of the crimes, will work to not only deter the thief/thieves, but to catch them, according to Smith.
“If the thieves continue to be this bold, there is a likelihood of catching them,” said Smith. “We are doing everything we can.”