There is no denying that there is an increase in bike use on campus. With the increase in student body and the difficulty in finding a parking spot, students are turning to the use of bikes to get around campus and get to campus from off-campus housing.
With the increase in bikes on and around campus, bike theft is on the rise.
Each week The Spectator receives police reports from the VSUPD. The No. 1 crime on each report: bike theft.
This leads to several questions. The first is what do you, the bike thieves, get from stealing a college student’s bike?
Do you seriously have nothing else to do at night than steal a bike? Let’s think about this.
You would rather stay awake late at night, dodge the police and students, break the lock and then steal the bike?
Please, get a life. Get a hobby like studying, video games, television, a girlfriend or boyfriend or better yet, just go to sleep.
The second question that comes from all the bike theft is when will the VSUPD step in and catch someone stealing a bike?
Each week the VSUPD police reports show that three to four, sometimes more, bikes are stolen a week. Yet there are never arrests for bike theft in the reports.
Does that mean VDUPD cannot catch the bike thieves? I hope this is not the case. As students we would like to see people be held accountable for the bike thefts.
It is not like the bikes being stolen on campus are being stolen in broad daylight. There is no way we expect bike thieves to break a lock on a bike with thousands of students walking
the campus. Obviously these bikes are being stolen at night.
So with the No. 1 crime being on campus bike theft, what is VSUPD going to do in order to stop this useless and immature crime and save college students money?
May we suggest cameras around the bike racks or an increase in security?
Obviously bike theft seems like a crime that may not be important, but with so many students having bikes stolen, it is time for the VSUPD to step up and do something and for the childish thieves to stop.
This editorial was written by Ed Hooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) and it expresses the opinion of the entire editorial staff.