Though Boulder is a small, relatively safe town, CU remains a large campus that attracts a high volume of people. As with any concentrated community, theft and assaults do occur, but they do not go unreported. Local newspapers are committed to reporting recent incidents and providing detailed descriptions of accused assailants. Attempted rapes have been the University’s most pertinent safety issues, but great measures have been taken to educate and protect students from being unsuspecting victims. During freshman orientation, all students are advised to use emergency sirens that are strategically placed in numerous locations on and off campus, if the need arises. Campus alerts have been set up by the campus police to make sure that every student is fully aware of the dangers in and around campus. E-mails are sent out almost right away, and you can even have it set up so the alerts will be text messaged to your cell phone. The University also offers NightRide, which provides students with free transportation to and from designated locations, as well at NightWalk for those requiring an escort on campus.
Although crimes do occur on CU’s campus, a significant amount of safety issues remain prevalent regardless of what major university you attend. The important thing to remember is that particular situations can be avoided when proper precautions are taken. While in Boulder, it is important to remember to walk with a friend or a group of friends, and use the safety measures the University has provided for your protection. If you use common sense, the chance of being victimized is far less probable. Of course, the words “common sense” and “college student” often do not go together in the same sentence.