Keep your stuff safe

Be aware. Paying attention to your surroundings can help you avoid bad situations.

Don't leave your things alone. Taken them with you when you get up to do something, even if it's just for a minute.

Keep Records. Keep paperwork or jot down serial numbers for bikes and electronics so you stand a better chance of getting it back quickly, if stolen.

Source: CU Police spokesman Ryan Huff

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T heft is the most common crime on most college campuses and CU is no different.

CU Police spokesman Ryan Huff said there was a spike of thefts on campus this past fall. Between Oct. 2 and 22 alone, there were 15 cases of theft reported, which included reports of someone going into unlocked offices and taking laptops, wallets and purses.

"They were primarily in academic buildings but also occurred in central locations like the UMC (University Memorial Center)," Huff said. "The state patrol made an arrest of someone who is a suspected thief here and at the School of Mines and CU-Denver, but that does not mean it's time to be complacent."

Don't leave your stuff alone

Don't give thieves a chance to nab your stuff by leaving it unattended, even for a minute, Huff said.

Whether you're leaving your office or stepping away from your laptop in Norlin, take precautions, he said.

"Even if it's just for a minute to use the restroom, don't leave your things laying out for someone to take," Huff said. "Take your things with you or if you're with a friend, ask them to keep an eye on your things while you're away."

It only takes a minute for someone to grab your laptop or purse and if you're not there to keep an eye on them, there's a good chance you'll never recover the items.

Lock up your bike

Bikes are the most common theft on campus and have been a continued concern for students and police on the Boulder campus.

While progress has been made over the past two years thanks to some arrests and increased patrols, Huff said students should continue to protect their bikes on and off campus.

Police recommend a steel U-Lock rather than a cable lock, which can easily be cut by prepared criminals.

Make sure the lock is around your tire and frame so thieves can't steal most of your bike by taking it apart.

Students can register their bikes on campus at one of the two bike stations, which are located near the UMC and the Engineering Center. Registration can help authorities return stolen bikes when they're recovered, Huff said.

Police ask that students report any suspicious behavior or thefts on campus, including at campus bike racks, by calling 303-492-6666.

Beware of email scammers

In the fall, CU Police received multiple reports of email scams targeting students that included offers to make money by working from home.

In some cases, students are offered an advance in pay and are sent a check for thousands of dollars, then instructed to deduct a certain amount and then send the remaining amount to a client or supplier.

"What happens is the student deposits the check and then sends the money, but the check they were given ends up bouncing after their funds have already been sent," Huff said.

At least one CU student lost $5,960 in one of the scams, according to information distributed by CU Police in October.

Students should be skeptical of emailed job offers, Huff said. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

"Be careful whom you do business with," he said. "There are legitimate companies who will allow you to work from home, but if you get random emails from someone you don't know, who's not from the area, be suspect and do your research."