A safe campus is a happy campus.
The University of Colorado and the CU Police Department offer a number of resources to help keep students safe so they can enjoy their college experience.
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 a non-emergency.
Instead of walking alone at night, students can 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.
No longer available for free — though students can still buy it — is the Lifeline Response App, which includes an emergency button for when students felt threatened. The app will send their location to law enforcement.
After three years, CU in June stopped offering free downloads of the app, saying it had a low download rate and an even lower usage rate. Officials also noted that both Android and iOS devices have emergency calling features.
To help students prepare for a shooting or other "active harmer" incident, CU provides a "shots fired" video with best practice guidelines.
If someone you know is showing warning signs, such as unusual or erratic behavior, they can be referred to the Students of Concern team at colorado.edu/studentaffairs/student-concern.
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 file a report 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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