String of Moped Thefts & Bike Cage Burglary at UH Mānoa

Today, Monday, March 16, a burglary was reported from the bike cage in Zone 20 parking. It is unknown if items were stolen at this time, and a report has been filed with Honolulu Police.

UH Mānoa has also experienced a string of moped thefts over the past month. So far in the month of March, four mopeds have been reported stolen from various parking areas on campus.

UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety would like to remind our students and employees of the increased number of moped and bike thefts that occur during campus breaks. This is especially important with the university’s move to online learning through April 13 (https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/03/12/uh-actions-address-covid-19/). Mopeds and bikes that are parked for extended periods of time are especially vulnerable. Due to the number of students who leave for the break, DPS would like to remind our community of tips for keeping your property safe while you are away. Of course, the fault lies only with the perpetrator and not the victim, and DPS is committed to educating our community to make them aware of any trends.

Over school breaks, bikes and mopeds can be an easy target for theft because they are light and easy to move, especially when unlocked. While there is no specific parking area that has been targeted for theft more than others, DPS has increased patrols to bike and moped parking areas. In many of these theft cases, the owners did not secure the bike or moped to a rack or other immovable object. While it is possible for items to be stolen when locked, an unlocked bike or moped presents an easier target. We urge our community to lock bikes and mopeds to an immovable object, using at least one heavy chain lock, even if you are only away for a few minutes.

If you see suspicious activity, especially in parking areas, or if you have any information regarding any of bike or moped theft, please call the UHM Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (808) 956-6911 or the Honolulu Police Department at 911. Please read below for more tips.

Bike and moped theft prevention tips:

  • Use a solid steel lock with a heavy chain that cannot easily be cut or removed from your moped (for bikes, we recommend at least two heavy locks on the frame, both tires, and seat). Be sure that locks or chains cannot be lifted over the seat or handlebar area when locked.
  • Remove any unsecured accessories and personal items from your bike or moped before leaving.
  • The bike or moped should be secured to an immovable object — they are light and easy to lift, so it is important that it is locked to a rack so it is not as easy to take. Remember to do this even if you utilize bike cage parking.
  • Park your vehicle, bike or moped in a secured, well-lit, and legal area.
  • Always lock your vehicle, bike, or moped properly, even if leaving it unattended for just a few minutes.
  • Don’t park your vehicle, bike or moped in the same location every time, or leave it unattended for days at a time — thieves notice patterns. If you live on campus, DPS recommends checking in on your bike or moped daily.
  • To avoid a citation or tow on campus, park in a designated parking area and ensure that you have a current parking permit.
  • Do not leave valuables inside a vehicle or unattended, especially if they are in open view. For more vehicle safety tips, visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/vehicletheft.html.
  • If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time and don’t have a secure area to park, ask a friend or family member if they would be willing to store it while you are away.

Again, if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around parking areas, tampering with vehicles, or wandering in an area without legitimate business, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911. For more information on how to properly lock your bike or moped, visit https://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/biketheft.html.