Already this year, we are seeing an increase in the number of bike thefts that are being reported on campus. To try to prevent you from becoming a victim of this crime, the CU Boulder Police Department offers these suggestions.
First, secure your bike to bike rack that is in a well-lit area and use a U-lock style of bike lock. This style of lock will provide you with a better security option than a chain or cable lock. But, while U-locks have proven to be most effective, like all locks, they can be defeated. While supplies last, you can trade in your chain or cable lock for a U-lock at the UMC Bike Station.
Second, make sure that the lock goes around the bike rack, the front tire, and the frame of the bike. This will better secure both the bike and the quick-release front time. Also, if you don’t ride you bike very often, check on it from time to time.
Third, register your bike. This can be done at the CU Bike Station east of the University Memorial Center or online. Registering your bike discourages theft and aids in identification should your bike get stolen. In addition, any personalization on your bike (stickers, markings, etc.) should be documented and kept in case your bike is stolen. This will make it easier for police to identify. You should keep all of this information along with purchase receipts, manufacturer’s information, and a photographs of the bicycle.
Finally, if your bicycle is stolen on campus you should report the crime immediately to the CU Boulder Police Department. Providing the police with descriptive information such as the serial number and your registration number—if you registered with the university—increases the chance of recovery. You can fill out a report online.
In the video below, there is an example of a bike theft on campus that occurred during the day this past summer just outside of a very busy building. The thieves are very bold to steal a bike during the day and very fast at cutting the lock and riding away.