Police want you to hang out with your friends because you’re safer that way. Also because friends are fun.
Police want you to hang out with your friends because you're safer that way. Also because friends are fun. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Can't find your bike?

• If a bike appears to be abandoned, was found locked to something other than a bike rack, impedes disability access or any kind of traffic, Parking and Transportation Services may have impounded the bike.

• Registered impounded bikes are held for 90 days and nonregistered impounded bikes for 60 days.

• If you believe your bicycle was stolen, call the campus police at 303-492-6666 or file an online report.

• The easiest way to claim a lost, stolen or impounded bike is through registration records. Register your bike at either of the two bike stations. (One: located east of the UMC at the fine arts lawn, and Two: Folsom Station located at the southwest corner of the Engineering Center.)

A smartphone app is available to CU students to help keep them safe on campus and around Boulder.

CU police spokesman Scott Pribble said the LifeLine service is free to students and staff members, who can log in both on and off campus. The app includes a panic button that connects to the LifeLine dispatch center.

"If something frightens you or you feel threatened, you can use the app to notify law enforcement with your location," Pribble said. "It's something we recommend for everyone to have."

Students also can set a timer using the app. Say you're going for a run. You can set the timer for 30 minutes and, if you don't disarm the app after the 30 minutes, police will be notified.


"It's not specific to campus," Pribble said. "It can be used anywhere in the U.S."

He said it also should be less confusing this year to access the app, which CU is providing free for a second year. Last year, he said, some students accidentally downloaded the paid app instead of the free one.

This year, he said, only one version of the app will be available. The new version is expected to launch this month.

While the app adds an extra layer of safety, common sense rules still apply, police said.

Police suggest going out and staying with friends, watching out for each other and drinking responsibly.

And instead of walking alone on cold winter nights, students can take advantage of resources like the Buff Bus and NightRide, which can be reached at 303-492-SAFE (7233).

Pedestrian and bike safety is another big issue on campus, police say.

Pribble encourages students to use lit paths and crosswalks — and not to assume cars will stop for you in those crosswalks. Cyclists should have a bike light if they're out after dark, and walkers should have a flashlight.

"It's safer for you and everybody else if cars can see you coming," he said.

To reduce the odds of a stolen bike, police suggest keeping bikes inside whenever possible or locking them in well-lit and well-traveled areas when they are kept outside. Bikes also should be secured with U-locks, not the easier-to-break cable locks or chains.

"If you don't ride your bike all the time, check on it at least daily," Pribble said. "It's easier to track if it's stolen if you report it right away."

Owners also should register their bicycles with either Boulder or University of Colorado police, which makes the bikes easier to flag if they are located or sold.

CU students can register their bikes with the CU Bike Station outside the University Memorial Center or online at www.cubikestation.com.

Along with bikes, the other valuable and easily stolen item that most CU students own is a laptop.

Students studying in the library or another public place need to take their laptops with them on bathroom breaks, he cautioned.

Laptops, phones and other electronic devices can be registered at CU's Telecommunications Center, 1045 18th St.; Boulder Public Safety Building, 1805 33rd St.; Boulder PD Hill Community Police Center, 1310 College Ave.; and Pearl Street Community Police Center, 1500 Pearl St.

Information such as serial numbers and a description of the laptop can help, along with the IP address — which can be tracked by CU if the laptop logs on to the school's network.

Overall, Pribble said, CU is a safe place — and students share responsibility for keeping it safe.

"It is vital to the university that we have a safe campus," he said. "We're constantly working to find new and better ways to keep everybody safe. But we need the students' help. We need them to be diligent, have their heads up and notice somebody approaching. We need them to make sure they're acting safely when they're walking out and about."

Amy Bounds: twitter.com/boundsa