Should security cameras be installed at bike racks?
One month ago, senior Alex Webster arrived at the bike racks on Northwood’s campus and found that his bicycle had fallen victim to vandalism.
“I came out of class and saw that my front derailleur was bashed in and my rear tire was jammed,” Webster said.
This increasingly common phenomenon has affected multiple Northwood students—but no one has found the culprit(s) yet. Unfortunately, there are no security cameras to offer an eyewitness account. Since a large portion of Northwood’s demographic either bikes or skateboards to school, it seems obvious that Northwood would have some sort of security. But that isn’t the case.
“I know there’s a risk of parking my bike at the bike racks, but the fact that multiple bikes have been tampered with only proves my point that the school needs to do something to prevent this from happening again,” Webster said. “No one knows who did this, but if security cameras were installed then it would dissuade people from damaging bikes.”
Another surprising issue with the security cameras is that they were installed all around campus except for the bike racks. Why not install them at the places they are needed the most? Furthermore, it seems as if the school is not open to further discussion on the topic of security cameras.
“I was pretty upset when the school ignored my questions on security cameras. I was just directed to fill a police report,” Webster said.
Until security cameras are installed near the bike racks, we will never know who is continuously vandalizing these bikes or how to stop them.