DENVER and AURORA, Colo. - Law enforcement officials on both the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver have received numerous reports of stolen bicycles.
Since the end of July, seven bicycles have been reported stolen on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The thefts have occurred near four different buildings, and six of the seven stolen bikes had been secured by their owners with cable locks that the thief(s) simply cut. In one theft, a camera even captured the theft.
In the same time frame in downtown Denver, the Auraria Police Department has received nearly 30 reports of stolen bicycles on campus. Officers and detectives have arrested at least three suspects in these crimes. Auraria Police Chief John Mackey said, “Our two detective units collaborate on these investigations with Denver Police Department detectives and the pawn shop ‘detail’ where we occasionally make recoveries.”
Officers for both police departments agree that the types of cable locks commonly used to secure bicycles in public areas do not provide the most secure option. CU Denver Detective Sgt. Michael Fischer encourages bicycle owners to “protect your investment and lock your bike with a good “U”-type lock. Also, register your bike.”
Anyone who brings a bicycle onto or near the Anschutz Medical Campus is encouraged to register the bike with the University of Colorado Denver Police Department. Fischer said, "a bicycle which is registered is much more likely to be recovered and returned, if stolen, than one that is not. This is a free service." To register your bike online go to: www.ucdenver.edu/police
Tab onto “Other Services, Forms and Registration Information” and then “Bicycle Registration,” to fill out all the information. On the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora
, bike riders can make use of the bike lockers located on the main level of the Henderson Parking Garage which are provided by the University’s parking office.
For bicycles on the Auraria Campus downtown, Mackey encourages bicycle owners to log their bicycle brand, model, serial number and color in the event of theft to assist in recovery. Mackey also said the Police Department at Auraria has engravers available to assist in engraving your bicycle with identification information or to assist in locating your serial number.
Equally important, Fischer added, “Report any suspicious activity to police on anyone who appears to just be ‘hanging out’ by the bike racks. To blend in, suspect(s) will probably be carrying a backpack.”
To report a stolen bike or if you see any suspicious activity, contact police immediately at:
Anschutz Medical Campus 303-724-4444
Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver 303-556-5000