Two mountain bikes were stolen in separate incidents on Main Street and on Central Street in Evanston. These and other stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Can we increase awareness among train riders?

    My mountain Schwinn bike was also stolen from the bike rack at the Main Street Metra station on Sept. 11 between 7.30 a.m. and 5 p.m. I have lodged a complaint with the local police. There is a camera right above the bike rack across the street on the CTA platform. Hope it is able to give them some clues.

    Is there a way we can increase awareness among the daily train riders to be more vigilant and prevent such thefts in the future? Perhaps a much more secure bike rack arrangement would help as well


    1. Better racks

      I really think better racks would go a long way towards decreasing thefts. Many of the existing racks are structured in a way that makes locking the front tire and the frame difficult. Relocating racks inside of the station, or in areas where other transit users wait for transit (like at the Howard station where the racks are located where riders wait for buses) may also help discourage thieves.

      Encouraging riders to use chains, U-locks and lock skewer sets instead of cable locks will also help.

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