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Top 10 Property Crime Prevention Tips


Property related crime accounts for the vast majority of crime reported to the CU Police Department. Please help us protect your property and reduce property crime on campus by following the 10 tips listed below.


Top 10 Property Crime Prevention Tips


1. Never Leave Items of Value Unattended.
Wallets, cell phones, backpacks, calculators, and laptop computers left alone in a public area make up a significant amount of campus theft. Always secure belongings or take them with you.


2. Always Lock Your Door (Even when you are inside).
Most of each year's 130 burglaries involve entry through unlocked or open doors or windows, some into occupied rooms or offices. Close and lock doors and secure windows when you leave. Also keep doors locked and windows secure when you are in your office or residence, especially at night, to avoid having an intruder enter.


3. Never Prop Open Exterior Building Doors.
Propping open building doors creates a perfect opportunity for criminals to enter offices, computer labs, dorm rooms, etc., undetected. Often buildings are occupied, even though the building is closed to the public and locked. Any passerby can enter through the propped door, sometimes creating a risk to the building occupants.


4. Never Publish Personal Data Online.

Be aware that anything published on the Internet becomes a de facto public record, including Social Security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, bank accounts, and photos. This information can then be used in committing the crimes of fraud, theft, harassment, or assault. Do not post your personal information online, or accept unsolicited e-mails requesting personal information.


5. Immediately Report Anyone Trying Door Handles or Entering Room.
A significant amount of theft occurs when criminals enter unlocked doors. The criminal may walk the halls of buildings, including residence halls, trying door handles, or enter an occupied room, then claim to have the wrong room. Both of these are not normal activity. Call the police right away if you witness someone trying door handles or a stranger entering your room uninvited. Protect yourself and others around you by reporting this activity.


6. Immediately Report Unauthorized Solicitors.
Unauthorized soliciting is prohibited and presents a threat to the campus community. The solicitors rarely have the product with them and want cash or a check made out to them, not their company. To avoid being the victim of fraudulent sales pitches, say you are not interested, close the door, and call the police immediately.


7. Register Laptop Computer with Police.
The theft of laptop computers is a growing problem for the campus, as they are easy to take and to resell. Upon registration, the police will record identifying information about the computer and place a very visible registration sticker on it. You also may engrave personal info on it, if you wish. These steps deter thieves and increase chances of recovering a stolen laptop. Laptop registration can be done at the following locations:

  • CU Police Department lobby reception desk
  • CU bike station east of UMC
  • Boulder Police Department Annexes at 1310 College #330 or 1500 Pearl St., #E (on 16th Street between Pearl and Walnut)

8. Register Bicycle with Parking Services.
Bicycles are the most frequently stolen item on campus. Bikes are required to be registered on campus. The registration sticker can deter potential thieves and increase the potential for recovering a stolen bike. Register at the CU Bike Station east of the UMC.


9. Properly Secure Bike with Adequate Lock.
Many bike thefts occur when a bike is unlocked or inadequately secured. To deter theft, use only quality locks, securing the frame and front tire to the bike race. Lock the bike in a visible area, and do not leave it locked on public racks for long periods of time.


10. Immediately Report any Other Suspicious Activity.
Suspicious activity often indicates that the person is about to commit a crime. Reporting activity such as persons trying door handles, soliciting products, looking into car windows, loitering around dark areas, continuously walking up and down dorm halls, stopping you to ask uncomfortable personal questions, loitering or kneeling in bike racks, trying to conceal bolt cutters, screwdrivers, slim jims, etc, or attempting to follow you into a locked door. Also report any activity that seems out of place or makes you feel uncomfortable.