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By Rebecca Irwin - Posted on 15 November 2012

It is incredibly easy to steal when given an opportunity. When doors are unlocked and property is left unattended, a thief will seize the opportunity to steal, especially on college campuses.

Theft has been on the rise on the CU campus for a few years. In 2006, the total number of offenses reported by CUPD was 571, but in 2010 that number shot up to 728.

“College campuses are always going to be a target for theft because there are bikes and laptops and phone and expensive technology that is left unattended,” said Ryan Huff, CUPD Communications Manager.

This last October alone, there were 15 reported cases of theft.
Leaving your door unlocked for even a moment will give thieves the perfect scenario. Crimes of opportunity are usually the types seen around CU, where belongings are in the open or a bike is not locked properly and it is stolen.

Campus crime rates are going up but what about national crime rates? According to the FBI property crime offense stats, those numbers have been going down over the years with an 8.3 percent drop since 2007.

Even so college crime will continue to be big targets for crimes of opportunity. Students and staff’s high tech equipment is often left unattended or poorly guarded which gives thieves an ample opportunity to commit crimes.

“Employees who have offices that are leaving them unlocked when they go to lunch or to use the bathroom or perhaps they’re leaving doors open,” said Huff when talking about CU faculty thefts. “Those are the windows of opportunity for criminals to come in and steal items.”

It is not only campus crimes that are on the rise in Boulder, but also student’s off campus apartments.

“Really violated because someone was in my room going through my things,” said Christie Shapiro, a CU student.

CUPD is trying to create a safer campus by adding more patrols in the academic buildings and around bike racks. Police have seen a spike in theft in both of these areas of campus.

Since a recent media release from the CUPD on the amount of crime on campus, the string of incidents of breaking into academic buildings has stopped.