Everyone wants to enjoy their college experience, and that means having a safe campus.
The University of Colorado and the CU Police Department offer a number of resources to help keep students safe.
In emergencies, CU's police dispatch center receives both calls and texts to 911, while their dispatch line at 303-492-6666 can be called in non-emergency.
Students are also encouraged to download the Lifeline Response App, which is free to students attending CU and has two safety features. The first is an emergency button that can be pushed if a student feels threatened that sends their location to law enforcement. There's also a timer function that alerts police if a student does not return from an event and disarm the alert after a set amount of time.
Instead of walking alone at night, students can also take advantage of resources like the Buff Bus and NightRide, which can be reached at 303-492-SAFE (7233).
Students should also make sure they are signed up for emergency text alerts from both CU and the Boulder County emergency mass notification system at alerts.colorado.edu.
Victims of crimes that are non-emergencies — including theft, graffiti and traffic concerns — are encouraged to use the online system, which is easy and convenient for victims, who can simply file a report online at colorado.edu/police/records-reports/online-reporting-campus-incidents.
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.
Owners 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 cubikestation.com.
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.
For more information and resources, visit colorado.edu/police/crime-prevention-safety.
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