The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, April 10, 1987, Image 9

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Registration helps
University police
return stolen bikes
By Mark Gee
Thirty-seven bicycles sit un
claimed at the University Police Sta
tion. The stolen or abandoned bicy
cles were recovered by University
Police but can’t be returned to their
owners because they were never reg
To help alleviate the problem, the
University Police Department offers
free bicycle registration stickers and
the use of a tool to engrave identifi
cation numbers on bicycles Monday
through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. at the campus police station.
Nora Lopez, a sophomore psy
chology major from Pharr, is not
taking any chances. She registered
and engraved her driver’s license
number on her bicycle.
“It (registration) only takes a few
minutes and I feel more comfort
able,” Lopez says. “It is a shame for a
bike to be stolen, then found, and
not get back to the owner.”
According to the UPD records,
274 bicycles valued at $39,985 were
reported stolen during the 1985-
1986 academic year. In March 1986,
21 bicycles valued at $4,378 were re
ported stolen.
The reported number is less than
the actual number of bicycles stolen,
says Josephine Hoelscher, Univer
sity Police assistant director of crimi
nal investigations.
Fifty bicycles valued at $7,571
were recovered during the 1985-
1986 academic year.
“If a student comes in and asks for
their blue bike, we can’t just give it to
them,” Hoelscher says. “We have a
lot of blue bikes. They have to give
us some type of information that
identifies the bike from the others. It
might be something that is broken or
something they added to the bike.”
But not all bicycles recovered by
police were stolen — many were
abandoned. Ten days after the close
of the spring semester, police can re
move all locked or unlocked bicycles
parked in racks except those specif
ically designed for storage, accord
ing to University regulations.
University Police Chief Elmer
Schneider Jr. encourages students to
register their bicycles and added that
he would like mandatory bicycle reg
istration. He pointed out, however,
that some students would resist man
datory registration because citations
could be traced to registered bicy
If a registered bicycle is in some
one else’s possession, Schneider says,
it gives police greater probable cause
to suspect the bicycle was stolen.
An Operation Identification pam
phlet distributed by the UPD states
that if a person is caught with
marked property, the identification
numbers can be used as evidence of
the possession of stolen goods.
The pamphlet also states that
marked property discourages theft
because marked property is difficult
for thieves to resell.
An A&M bicycle registration
sticker can be useful even if the bicy
cle is recovered out of town.
“The San Antonio Police called us
about a bike that they found in
somebody’s front yard that had an
A&M registration sticker,”
Hoelscher says. “We traced the num
ber and the student got the bike.”
Since the beginning of the 1986
fall semester, 485 bicycle permits
have been issued. University Police
keep bicycle registration informa
tion on file for five years.
Stolen or abandoned bicycles that
are recovered are held by police for
six months and then auctioned.
Hart Hall residents will auction
the 37 unclaimed bicycles April 29 at
the Rudder Fountain area.
Castration proposal
fails to pass in House
AUSTIN (AP) — A House major
ity voted Thursday in favor of chem
ical castration for some sex offend
ers, but the measure needed a two-
thirds vote for approval.
The proposal was offered as an
amendment to a bill establishing a
counseling program for sex offend
ers in the Texas Department of Cor
Rep. Foster Whaley, who spon
sored the chemical castration
amendment, said he would have
preferred to go even further.
“Quite frankly, I would like to put
mechanical castration in there with a
darned good stock knife, but I don’t
think that would stand up in the
courts,” said Whaley, D-Pampa.
“And if they don’t have anybody
down in Huntsville that knows how
to do that, I’d be glad to show them.
“Fact is, I’d volunteer as the exe
The House vote on Whaley’s
amendment, which would have
made chemical castration a require
ment for probation for repeat sex
offenders, was 65-64. It failed be
cause it takes a two-thirds vote to
add amendments to House bills on
final reading.
The bill, written by Rep. Bob Mel
ton, would allocate $400,000 of TDC
funds to set up the counseling pro
gram. Under the bill, parole officials
could consider the results of the
counseling and whether the sex of
fender refused to participate in the
Supporters said the program is
needed because sex offenders even
tually leave prison.
Rep. Mark Stiles, D-Beaumont,
said, “If they serve their time, they
are coming out. If they have not had
that counseling, we are in a world of
Melton, D-McGregor, said sex of
fenders have a high rate as repeat
offenders and that that could be
changed through counseling.
The measure, tentatively ap
proved Wednesday, was initially de
feated 73-58 Thursday. Flowever, it
was brought back to the floor on a
motion to reconsider, and was ap
proved 80-54, sending it to the Sen
Whaley led the opposition attack
on the value of counseling.
“These people are beyond coun
seling,” he said.
Rep. Gerald Geistweidt, R-Mason,
offered another solution, tied to
Rep. Ron Wilson’s bill that would al
low Texans to carry handguns.
“Mr. Melton asked me earlier how
I would feel if my wife or my mother
or someone close to me were raped
by one of these people after getting
out of prison and not receiving
counseling,” Geistweidt said. “My
suggestion to Mr. Melton is he
should vote for Mr. Wilson’s hand
gun bill. We’ll blow them away.”
After the bill was approved, Mel
ton told the House, “Members,
thank you very much and welcome
to the 20th Century.”
Melton later returned to the mi
crophone and apologized for the re
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