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Bikes can be registered at the CU Bike Station, located east of the UMC.

Register your laptop at one of these four locations in Boulder, all open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.:

University of Colorado Boulder Telecommunications Center, 1045 18th St.

Boulder Public Safety Building, 1805 33rd St.

Boulder PD Hill Community Police Center, 1310 College Ave.

Pearl Street Community Police Center, 1500 Pearl St.


Campus crime stats

Bike Thefts:

2011: 145

2012: 162

2013: 179

Computer Hardware:

2011: 57

2012: 35

2013: 36


Bikes and laptops are two of the items college students hold most dear. So it's no surprise that University of Colorado police spend a lot of their time tracking stolen ones down.

"It's certainly one of our higher reported crimes," said CU police Sgt. Michael Lowry of thefts of bicycles and laptops on campus.

In 2013, 179 bicycles and 36 laptops were reported stolen on campus, according to Lowry.

He suggests students buy U-locks for their bicycles, as they are harder for would-be thieves to cut off.


"Cables and chains can be easily cut off with cable cutters and wire cutters, so a U-lock will certainly keep your bike safer," Lowry said.

Students should also register their bikes with the CU Bike Station outside the University Memorial Center, and Lowry also suggests students write down their bicycle's serial number and take a photo to ensure they can get the bicycle back if it is recovered.

Lowry also recommends documenting information about laptops and registering them with the school. Information like serial numbers and a description can help, he said, as well as the IP address, which can be tracked by CU if the laptop logs on to the school's network.

Lowry said most laptop thefts occur when students leave them unattended.

"Most of our thefts happen when someone gets up and walks away," Lowry said. "It's the classic, 'Oh, I was only gone for a couple minutes.' People who are watching only need a few seconds."

Students should also back up all their computer data on an external hard drive or on the cloud.

"We've had people lose a lot of their college work when their laptop is stolen," Lowry said. "We strongly recommend people back it up, so if its stolen, you haven't lost all your work."

Lowry also encouraged students to notify police if they see people or activity they think is suspicious.

"We can respond and check the area and see what's going on," Lowry said.

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

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitch Byars at 303-473-1329 or