Although you cannot prevent another's actions, there are steps you can take to reduce the opportunity of falling victim to a criminal incident. Our compiled safety precautions encourage intentional planning and informed behaviors that will help you avoid risk and minimize the repercussions of a criminal incident.
We also regularly offer crime prevention presentations during the year to University departments and individuals which can be scheduled as the need arises. For information on scheduling a Crime Prevention Presentation, please contact us.
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Awareness & Personal Safety
- Be aware. Awareness of your surroundings can add to your personal safety. If you think you are being followed, or notice someone who is suspicious, go to a place of calculated security and call DCS.
- While on campus, report suspicious activity to DCS immediately by calling 303.871.3000 (1‐3000).
- Use the "Buddy System" whenever possible. Travel with a trusted friend to minimize your vulnerability. When going to parties or on community walks, have a friend with you to assure you both are safe.
- When traveling alone on campus after dark, call us for a walking escort. Escorts are available to students, staff and faculty by calling 303-871-2334.
- Become familiar with lighted areas when walking at night. The DU campus has several well-lit sidewalk areas throughout campus. Use these sidewalks after dark.
- Keep your doors locked, even if you are in the room. Do not allow people to follow you into secure locations. Request that a "tailgater" use his or her key or swipe card to gain entry.
- Report any unusual or suspicious activity that you witness. Even the smallest bit of information could prevent a crime and help protect yourself or others.
- Stay aware of your surroundings. Listening to music or using your phone can distract you from people or vehicles around you.
- Seek training in viable self-defense techniques. Do not allow the opportunity for a crime to occur—avoid placing yourself in environments in which it's easier for criminals to commit a personal crime.
- If possible, let a friend or roommate know where and with whom you'll be and when you'll be back when you go out.
- Consider carrying a whistle or a personal alarm to alert others if you need help.
- Lock your car doors and roll up the windows completely—even if you're only parking for a moment.
- If you choose to drink, drink legally and responsibly. Your ability to respond is diminished by overconsumption of alcohol.
- When driving, be aware of pedestrians and bicyclists and yield to them when required by law
- Update your contact information with the University of Denver's emergency notifications system (DU Alerts) on the Division of Campus Safety webpage to receive messages about critical safety issues on campus.
DU asks those who bring a bicycle to campus to register their bike with Parking and Mobility Services. The registration is free and is used to help alert bicycle owners to potential problems with their bicycles or to return a lost/stolen bike to its rightful owner. Bicycle Registration is managed through the University’s Parking and Mobility Services at the following link:
- Secure your bicycle using only U-Lock devices and ensure that the U-Lock is through the bicycle’s frame. Students, staff and faculty often wonder why we require the use of U-Locks. The reason is simple: cable locks are easily cut with basic tools and allow bikes to be stolen in a matter of a few short moments.
- Only secure your bicycle to designated bicycle racks.
- Check on your bicycle every couple of days, at minimum.
- Please take a minute to review a video produced by the Denver Police Department regarding keeping your bicycle safe. The video contains a demonstration of how easily cable locks are defeated.
Bicycle Safety Tips & Laws
- Bikes and cars–same rights, same laws. Obey stop signs, traffic signs and traffic lights. Set an example for everyone and wait for the green light.
- Take your place in traffic. Ride your bike/skateboard on the street or on campus brick pathways at a safe speed. City sidewalks are reserved for pedestrians.
- Always ride with traffic. Ride on the right (or left on one-ways) where drivers expect to see you.
- Be alert and be visible. Steer clear of riding with earphones and use lights at night.
CO § 42-4-1412(1) Every person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall have all of the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under this article, except as to special regulations in this article and except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application. Said riders shall comply with the rules set forth in this section and section 42-4-221, and, when using streets and highways within incorporated cities and towns, shall be subject to local ordinances regulating the operation of bicycles and electrical assisted bicycles as provided in section 42-4-111 .
(2) It is the intent of the general assembly that nothing contained in House Bill No. 1246, enacted at the second regular session of the fifty-sixth general assembly, shall in any way be construed to modify or increase the duty of the department of transportation or any political subdivision to sign or maintain highways or sidewalks or to affect or increase the liability of the state of Colorado or any political subdivision under the "Colorado Governmental Immunity Act", article 10 of title 24, C.R.S.
(3) No bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped.
(4) No person riding upon any bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall attach the same or himself or herself to any motor vehicle upon a roadway.
(5)(a) Any person operating a bicycle or an electrical assisted bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic shall ride in the right-hand lane, subject to the following conditions:
(I) If the right-hand lane then available for traffic is wide enough to be safely shared with overtaking vehicles, a bicyclist shall ride far enough to the right as judged safe by the bicyclist to facilitate the movement of such overtaking vehicles unless other conditions make it unsafe to do so.
(II) A bicyclist may use a lane other than the right-hand lane when:
(A) Preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private roadway or driveway;
(B) Overtaking a slower vehicle; or
(C) Taking reasonably necessary precautions to avoid hazards or road conditions.
(III) Upon approaching an intersection where right turns are permitted and there is a dedicated right-turn lane, a bicyclist may ride on the left-hand portion of the dedicated right-turn lane even if the bicyclist does not intend to turn right.
(b) A bicyclist shall not be expected or required to:
(I) Ride over or through hazards at the edge of a roadway, including but not limited to fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or narrow lanes; or
(II) Ride without a reasonable safety margin on the right-hand side of the roadway.
(c) A person operating a bicycle or an electrical assisted bicycle upon a one-way roadway with two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near to the left-hand curb or edge of such roadway as judged safe by the bicyclist, subject to the following conditions:
(I) If the left-hand lane then available for traffic is wide enough to be safely shared with overtaking vehicles, a bicyclist shall ride far enough to the left as judged safe by the bicyclist to facilitate the movement of such overtaking vehicles unless other conditions make it unsafe to do so.
(II) A bicyclist shall not be expected or required to:
(A) Ride over or through hazards at the edge of a roadway, including but not limited to fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or narrow lanes; or
(B) Ride without a reasonable safety margin on the left-hand side of the roadway.
(6)(a) Persons riding bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
(b) Persons riding bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride within a single lane.
(7) A person operating a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
(8)(a) A person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle intending to turn left shall follow a course described in sections 42-4-901(1) , 42-4-903 , and 42-4-1007 or may make a left turn in the manner prescribed in paragraph (b) of this subsection (8).
(b) A person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle intending to turn left shall approach the turn as closely as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway. After proceeding across the intersecting roadway to the far corner of the curb or intersection of the roadway edges, the bicyclist shall stop, as much as practicable, out of the way of traffic. After stopping, the bicyclist shall yield to any traffic proceeding in either direction along the roadway that the bicyclist had been using. After yielding and complying with any official traffic control device or police officer regulating traffic on the highway along which the bicyclist intends to proceed, the bicyclist may proceed in the new direction.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection (8), the transportation commission and local authorities in their respective jurisdictions may cause official traffic control devices to be placed on roadways and thereby require and direct that a specific course be traveled.
(9)(a) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection (9), every person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall signal the intention to turn or stop in accordance with section 42-4-903; except that a person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle may signal a right turn with the right arm extended horizontally.
(b) A signal of intention to turn right or left when required shall be given continuously during not less than the last one hundred feet traveled by the bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle before turning and shall be given while the bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle is stopped waiting to turn. A signal by hand and arm need not be given continuously if the hand is needed in the control or operation of the bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle.
(10)(a) A person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle upon and along a sidewalk or pathway or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian. A person riding a bicycle in a crosswalk shall do so in a manner that is safe for pedestrians.
(b) A person shall not ride a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle upon and along a sidewalk or pathway or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk where such use of bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles is prohibited by official traffic control devices or local ordinances. A person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle shall dismount before entering any crosswalk where required by official traffic control devices or local ordinances.
(c) A person riding or walking a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle upon and along a sidewalk or pathway or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances, including, but not limited to, the rights and duties granted and required by section 42-4-802.
(d) Deleted by Laws 2005, Ch. 301, § 1, eff. July 1, 2005.
(11)(a) A person may park a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle on a sidewalk unless prohibited or restricted by an official traffic control device or local ordinance.
(b) A bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle parked on a sidewalk shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of pedestrian or other traffic.
(c) A bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle may be parked on the road at any angle to the curb or edge of the road at any location where parking is allowed.
(d) A bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle may be parked on the road abreast of another such bicycle or bicycles near the side of the road or any location where parking is allowed in such a manner as does not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.
(e) In all other respects, bicycles or electrical assisted bicycles parked anywhere on a highway shall conform to the provisions of part 12 of this article regulating the parking of vehicles.
(12)(a) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense; except that section 42-2-127 shall not apply.
(b) Any person riding a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle who violates any provision of this article other than this section which is applicable to such a vehicle and for which a penalty is specified shall be subject to the same specified penalty as any other vehicle; except that section 42-2-127 shall not apply.
(13) Upon request, the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction shall complete a report concerning an injury or death incident that involves a bicycle or electrical assisted bicycle on the roadways of the state, even if such accident does not involve a motor vehicle.
(14)(a)(I) A person may ride a class 1 or class 2 electrical assisted bicycle on a bike or pedestrian path where bicycles are authorized to travel.
(II) A local authority may prohibit the operation of a class 1 or class 2 electrical assisted bicycle on a bike or pedestrian path under its jurisdiction.
(b) A person shall not ride a class 3 electrical assisted bicycle on a bike or pedestrian path unless:
(I) The path is within a street or highway; or
(II) The local authority permits the operation of a class 3 electrical assisted bicycle on a path under its jurisdiction.
(15)(a) A person under sixteen years of age shall not ride a class 3 electrical assisted bicycle upon any street, highway, or bike or pedestrian path; except that a person under sixteen years of age may ride as a passenger on a class 3 electrical assisted bicycle that is designed to accommodate passengers.
(b) A person shall not operate or ride as a passenger on a class 3 electrical assisted bicycle unless:
(I) Each person under eighteen years of age is wearing a protective helmet of a type and design manufactured for use by operators of bicycles;
(II) The protective helmet conforms to the design and specifications set forth by the United States consumer product safety commission or the American Society for Testing and Materials; and
(III) The protective helmet is secured properly on the person's head with a chin strap while the class 3 electrical assisted bicycle is in motion.
(c) A violation of subsection (15)(b) of this section does not constitute negligence or negligence per se in the context of any civil personal injury claim or lawsuit seeking damages.
- There are dozens of emergency telephones throughout campus and each one is marked with a blue light directly above it. You can use these phones to report any crimes, suspicious activities, medical emergencies or any other safety concern. When one of these phones is activated, DCS officers will respond to the phone’s location, even if no voice contact is made with the person who activated the phone.
- Know where the emergency telephones are located. To familiarize yourself with the locations of these phones, visit https://www.du.edu/site-utilities/maps.html
- Select Campus from the menu on the left and then Emergency Phones
- Assistance Stations are fixed phones placed throughout the DU Campus that provide a direct link to the DCS Communication Center. These stations are blue in color, feature the words “Assistance” on the tower or wall box, and have a push button on the front that reads “Call”. They are used to provide assistance to anyone who is in distress or needs emergency assistance or general campus assistance.
- All efforts are made to regularly check and maintain the emergency phones and assistance stations so that they are in good working order. However, from time to time they do need maintenance. If you notice a problem with an emergency phone or an assistance station, please call DCS at 303-871-2334.
- Shred trash (checks, junk mail and personal documents) with a cross-cut or confetti shredder.
- Minimize financial and personal information carried on your person or in public, especially your Social Security Number.
- Do not give out personal or account information unless you know who you are speaking to and you made the contact.
- Research and become aware of the numerous types of fraud and scams such as shipping scams, check-cashing scams, Nigerian scams, Lotto scams, confidence games and internet scams.
Pedestrian Safety Tips & Laws
- Always cross the street at an intersection.
- Obey the “walk/don’t walk” pedestrian signals. Don’t enter the crosswalk once the hand begins flashing.
- Use the “push to walk” button, where available. It adds pedestrian crossing time to the traffic signal.
- Always stay alert. Don’t be a distracted walker.
- Never assume vehicles see you. Look both ways before you cross the street.
- Always cross the street at an intersection.
- Obey the "walk/don't walk" pedestrian signals. Don't enter the crosswalk once the hand begins flashing.
- Use the "push to walk" button, where available. It adds pedestrian crossing time to the traffic signal.
- Always stay alert. Don't be a distracted walker.
- Never assume vehicles see you. Look both ways before you cross the street.
- Under Colorado State Law, as a pedestrian, you do not have the right of way until you establish yourself in the crosswalk. If you are crossing at any location other than a crosswalk, you must yield to vehicular traffic.
- CO § 42-4-801(1) A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device specifically applicable to the pedestrian, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
(2) Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic and pedestrian-control signals as provided in sections 42-4-604 and 42-4-802(5).
(3) At all other places, pedestrians shall be accorded the privileges and shall be subject to the restrictions stated in this title.
(4) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class B traffic infraction.
- CO § 42-4-802(1) When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(2) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply under the conditions stated in section 42-4-803.
(3) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and ride a bicycle, ride an electrical assisted bicycle, walk, or run into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
(4) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
(5) Whenever special pedestrian-control signals exhibiting "Walk" or "Don't Walk" word or symbol indications are in place, as declared in the traffic control manual adopted by the department of transportation, such signals shall indicate and require as follows:
(a) "Walk" (steady): While the "Walk" indication is steadily illuminated, pedestrians facing such signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal indication and shall be given the right-of-way by the drivers of all vehicles.
(b) "Don't Walk" (steady): While the "Don't Walk" indication is steadily illuminated, no pedestrian shall enter the roadway in the direction of the signal indication.
(c) "Don't Walk" (flashing): Whenever the "Don't Walk" indication is flashing, no pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of such signal indication, but any pedestrian who has partly completed crossing during the "Walk" indication shall proceed to a sidewalk or to a safety island, and all drivers of vehicles shall yield to any such pedestrian.
(d) Whenever a signal system provides for the stopping of all vehicular traffic and the exclusive movement of pedestrians and "Walk" and "Don't Walk" signal indications control such pedestrian movement, pedestrians may cross in any direction between corners of the intersection offering the shortest route within the boundaries of the intersection while the "Walk" indication is exhibited, if signals and other official devices direct pedestrian movement in such manner consistent with section 42-4-803(4).
- (6) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class A traffic infraction.
- CO § 42-4-803
(1) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(2) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(3) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
(4) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
(5) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class B traffic infraction.
Preventing Violence on Campus
If you live on campus:
- Do not prop doors open
- Lock your residence at all times
- Report suspicious activity by calling 911 and 303-871-3000.
If you live off-campus:
- Keep doors and windows locked, blinds/curtains closed, exterior lights on and report suspicious activity by calling 911.
If you are in a vehicle:
- Keep the doors locked at all times and have keys in hand before getting to your vehicle.
- Do not stop for hitchhikers.
If you are walking:
- Stay in well-lit, high-traffic areas. All community members are welcome to contact Campus Safety for a walking escort 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, by calling 303-871-2334.
We hold an annual event called a Safe Walk that involves DU Campus Safety and Facilities Management, inviting students to walk the campus as a group and identify elements of the physical campus environment that can be changed or improved upon to increase safety. This event follows the University’s CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) efforts.
Foot/ Walking Escorts
Foot escorts are available on campus to all community members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are concerned about walking across campus by yourself, please call our non-emergency line, 303-871-2334, and an officer will walk with you to your destination.