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News Release: CU Police awarding free U-locks, encouraging bike registration

 

NEWS RELEASE

RELEASED: September 10, 2012

SUBJECT: Bike safety, theft prevention and U-lock prizes

CONTACT:    Ryan Huff, Communications Manager, Police Department
                        303-492-7581 / ryan.huff@colorado.edu                                        

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department encourages the campus community to take precautions when it comes to bike safety. The Police Department has noticed an increase in recent weeks in the number of thieves who have stolen bikes by cutting cheap cable locks. Last week, a suspicious male was seen walking around with bolt cutters next to the bike racks at the Center for Community building.

Bike theft continues to be the No. 1 crime on campus, with 137 stolen at CU last year. While that number is down significantly (326 bikes were stolen in the previous year), it’s important that CU students and employees take proactive steps to protect their bikes and be safe while riding them. The Police Department recommends the following:

 

BIKE SAFETY TIPS

1) Register your bicycle at the CU Bike Station, located east of the University Memorial Center. A registration sticker will be affixed to your frame, and your bike’s serial number will be recorded. If it’s stolen and later located anywhere in the United States, you’ll have a better chance of it being returned to you.

2) Use a high-quality U-lock. They are more difficult to defeat than cable locks.

3) Use a light at night. State law requires the use of a white front light and rear reflector at night. This is important for your safety and that of others.

 

U-LOCK AND BIKE LIGHT GIVEAWAY

We’d like to help you get prepared. This week, we will be awarding 10 Kryptonite U-locks and 2 bike light packages. Here’s how to win:

  • Follow us on the recently launched CU-Boulder Police social media pages, where we offer crime alerts, crime prevention tips and other safety information you should know.
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/CUBoulderPolice. "Like" us on this page and leave a comment on our U-lock giveaway post and say why bike safety is important to you.
  • You must be a current CU-Boulder student. The contest ends at 11 p.m. Wednesday, September 12.
  • We’ll pick five random winners from both Facebook and Twitter. Two of them will also receive a bike light combo (front white light and rear flashing red light).

Good luck and stay safe! For more bike safety tips, see http://bit.ly/CUBikeSafety.