Bike theft prevalent on Auraria

Photo credit: Bobby Jones

Photo credit: Bobby Jones

KEEP BOTH WHEELS GROUNDED

It goes without saying that CU Denver is a non-traditional campus; however, one of the most nuanced ways in which its non-traditional nature has flourished is undoubtedly the sheer amount of commuter students in attendance. Approximately 95 percent of the student body commutes a distant greater than 5 miles to campus, according to the Auraria Higher Education Center meaning CU Denver is unquestionably populated by students who have to find creative ways to get to and from school on a daily basis. For many students, the answer to the riddle of commuting is biking.

Bikes offer a great many advantages to students who commute. They are relatively affordable, reliable, and of course an enormously healthy alternative to other forms of commuting. But with all of these tremendous benefits that can be associated with biking, there are perhaps  more downsides. In July, for example, Auraria Police have reported three instances of bike theft. That is not even over the course of four weeks. Even when students walk by the massive amounts of bike racks near the library or science building, it is obvious that bikes are stolen due to the single tires or snapped bike frames detached from their wheels.

“I see a ton of bike racks that are full of single tires,” said CU Denver student Jonathan Nguyen. “I am seriously nervous to bring my bike to school.” The prevalence of these thefts is broad and far-reaching but it is of the utmost importance to remember ways in which these thefts can be prevented in the future.

The first step to help prevent a bike from being stolen is to register it through the Auraria Police Department. This site can be accessed by either visiting AHEC’s website directly, selecting the “For Students” tab and then selecting the Police tab or simply by visiting ahec.edu/for-students/campus-safety/bicycle-registration-form-students.

While this will help local police locate your stolen bike, it will not do a whole lot in preventing theft in the first place. For that, one should make an attempt to not leave a bike parked outdoors for too long. Most thieves feel comfortable taking a bike by first knowing that it probably won’t be returned to its owner anytime soon. However, with day-long class schedules, it could be tempting to park it in one place and return to it only at the end of the day. Perhaps it would be best practice to move the bicycle to different spots throughout the day, minimizing the chances for a potential thief to notice the bike is out in the first place. Of course, buying multiple and effective locks also helps to ensure that the bike is as protected as possible.

The final piece of advice is to use common sense. Don’t purchase an overly expensive bike and don’t forget to lock everything up. The risks of owning a bike will exist no matter what precautions you take.

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