Indiana University Bloomington Issues Crime Notice for 9 E-scooter Thefts in February

Staff report

February 29, 2024

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Police Department (IUPD) has issued a crime notice in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, highlighting a series of completed motor vehicle thefts involving electric bicycles and scooters on the Bloomington campus. Nine E-scooters have been stolen on campus since the beginning of February.

Since the last notice on February 1, 2024, additional reports of motor vehicle thefts have been received, all involving locked electric bicycles and scooters. These incidents are classified as motor vehicle thefts (MVT) in accordance with state and federal regulations. The targeted vehicles were secured with a combination of cable locks and U-style locks.

Time and Location of Offenses:

  • 2/2/2024: An e-scooter was stolen from the bike rack east of the NW-Bordner door of McNutt Quadrangle. No suspects.
  • 2/4/2024: An e-bike was stolen from the bike rack on the north side of Jacobs East Studio building. No suspects.
  • 2/5/2024: An e-scooter was stolen from the northwest exterior bike rack of Myers Hall. No suspects.
  • 2/6/2024: An e-bike was stolen from the 11th Street entrance bike rack of Fee Parking Garage. A possible suspect is described as a white male; the bike was partially recovered on February 10, and charges were not pressed by the victim.
  • 2/15/2024: An e-bike was stolen from the east bike rack of Woodburn Hall. No suspects.
  • 2/19/2024: An e-bike was stolen from the NE bike rack of the IMU. No suspects.
  • 2/19/2024: Reported that between 1/29-2/5/2024, an e-scooter was stolen from the north side Ballantine bike rack near Wells Library. No suspects.
  • 2/26/2024: An e-scooter was stolen from the north rack of McNutt Quadrangle. No suspects.
  • 2/27/2024: An e-scooter was stolen from the NE bike rack of Ballantine Hall. No suspects.

Suspect Information:

The only case with possible suspect information is the incident from February 6, where a white male was caught on camera taking the bike. The bike was partially recovered on February 10, following joint efforts with the Bloomington Police Department, and the victim opted not to press charges.


IU Bloomington Crime Notice: February 29, 2024

In compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a crime notice is being issued for completed motor vehicle thefts.

REPORTED OFFENSES: Since the previous notice sent was sent on February 1, 2024, IUPD has received additional reports of completed electric bicycle and scooter thefts. These are considered motor vehicle thefts (MVT) based on state and federal regulations. On the dates below, suspect(s) targeted locked electric bicycles or scooters. These incidents include a combination of electric bikes and scooters locked with both cable locks and U-style locks.

TIME AND LOCATION OF OFFENSES:

*       On 2/2/2024, an e-scooter was stolen from the bike rack east of the NW-Bordner door of McNutt Quadrangle. No suspects.
*       On 2/4/2024, an e-bike was stolen from the bike rack on the north side of Jacobs East Studio building. No suspects.
*       On 2/5/2024, an e-scooter was stolen from the northwest exterior bike rack of Myers Hall. No suspects.
*       On 2/6/2024, an e-bike was stolen from the 11th Street entrance bike rack of Fee Parking Garage. See possible suspect information below.
*       On 2/15/2024, an e-bike was stolen from the east bike rack of Woodburn Hall. No suspects.
*       On 2/19/2024, an e-bike was stolen from the NE bike rack of the IMU. No suspects.
*       On 2/19/2024, it was reported that between 1/29-2/5/2024, an e-scooter was stolen from the northside Ballantine bike rack near Wells Library. No suspects.
*       On 2/26/2024, an e-scooter was stolen from the north rack of McNutt Quadrangle. No suspects.
*       On 2/27/2024, an e-scooter was stolen from the NE bike rack of Ballantine Hall. No suspects.

SUSPECT: The only case with possible suspect information is the incident from February 6. A white male was seen on camera taking the bike. The bike was partially recovered on February 10 via joint efforts with Bloomington Police Department. The victim did not wish to press charges.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is encouraged to call the IU Police Department- Indianapolis at 812-855-4111

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-317-262-TIPS (8477).

SAFETY TIPS:  In an effort to keep yourself and others safe, please consider the following safety tips:

*       Record the make, model, and serial number of your electric bicycle or scooter and store it in a safe place.
*       Lock your electric bicycle or scooter using at least one U-style lock.
*       Lock both wheels and frame to the bike rack and remove seat.
*       Lock your electric bicycle or scooter in a well-lit area on a bike rack.
*       Report suspicious persons hanging around bike racks to the police.
*       Please refer to https://protect.iu.edu/iu-police-department/personal-preparedness/bicycle-theft.html for more information about bicycle safety.
*       When available, utilize bike hub storage, such as the Ballantine Bike Hub or bike lockers<https://housing.indiana.edu/services/bike-lockers/index.html> available through IU Housing placed throughout campus.

STAY INFORMED:

Update your information on the IU Notify page to receive the most up-to-date notifications. Instructions for how to update your contact information are found at: https://kb.iu.edu/d/avvp

SAFETY RESOURCES:

Download the IU Rave Guardian Safety app to access personal safety resources. For more information visit: https://protect.iu.edu/emergency-planning/communication/guardian.html

CLERY ACT:

Crimes are identified using terminology from the Clery Act. Additional information on the Clery Act, including definitions of crime terms can be found at: https://protect.iu.edu/police-safety/clery/index.html

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