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Bike thefts up at UW-Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The UW-Madison Police Department says the number of bike thefts on campus is up this year.

As of Monday, April 28, the UWPD has investigated 21 bike thefts on campus. At this time last year, there were only 11 cases.

Many of the thefts this year involve expensive, high-end bikes worth upwards of $2,000. In many of the cases, the bikes were not locked up at all or were locked with cable locks that are easy to cut.

"What we try to tell students is to invest in an inexpensive bike, but a quality U-style bike lock. Cheap cable locks can be cut in just a few seconds," said Lt. Ruth Ewing in a news release.

The department has also relaunched its bait bike program, which allows officers to track a bike that's stolen, eventually leading them to an arrest. The department says it has seen huge success with the program over the last few years.

Anyone with information about bike thefts, or any other crime on campus, should call UWPD AT (608) 264-COPS.

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