Published: Sept. 12, 2018

As with most college campuses, bike thefts are the leading crime at CU Boulder. Here are some tips for you to follow to help prevent your bike from being stolen, courtesy of the CU Boulder Police Department (CUPD).

Bike racks on campusMake it hard to steal

In the vast majority of bicycle thefts, the bicycles were either unlocked, improperly locked or locked with inadequate locking devices such as lightweight cables or chains.

Register your bike

You can register your bike for free online. Registering 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. All of this information should be stored and saved along with purchase receipts, manufacturer’s information and photographs of the bicycle.

Use a U-lock

You should always carry a secure lock whenever you plan to leave your bicycle unattended. The U-lock style of locks has proven to be most effective, but, like all locks, they can be defeated. You should always exercise care in where and how you lock your bike. Always lock your bicycle through its frame and front tire to an approved bicycle parking rack.

After you have registered your bike, you can get a free U-lock from the Environmental Center by trading in your used cable lock at one of the two bike stations on campus. 

Report the theft

If your bicycle is stolen on campus, you should report the crime immediately to the CUPD. Reporting it quickly and 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.

To report the theft of a bicycle, fill out the online reporting form or contact CUPD at 303-492-6666.

If you happen to witness a bike theft, dial 911 immediately and inform the dispatcher where you are and what is happening. If you can, try to remember as much as you can about the suspect(s) for police reports. Take a look at this short video to see how thieves are stealing bikes during daylight hours on campus.