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Public Safety Tips

No one wants to think about something bad happening. However, a few minutes spent on prevention might safe a life and protect property.

Use the following safety tips and recommendations to ensure the safety and security of you, your family and your property.

  • In case of fire, medical emergency or other emergency, dial 9-1-1.
  • Have a plan in case you and your children are separated.
  • Take the time to learn the emergency exit routes in your hotel, work and home.
  • Park in well lighted areas.
  • Use the free shuttle buses. Don’t accept rides from strangers.
  • Lock your car.
  • Don’t leave your coat or bag unattended at bars or restaurants.
  • Use attended ski corrals or secured lockers for over-night storage. 

Bike, Ski and Board Theft Prevention

Bike, Ski and Board Theft Prevention

Simple preventive measures can reduce the risk of having your bike, skis or board snatched:

  • Save your receipt.
  • Record your serial number.
  • Always lock your equipment when left outside, even if you are going to run into a store for only a few seconds.
  • Lock your equipment to a non-moveable structure.
  • Use a combo or flat key U-lock. Most cable locks can easily be cut.
  • Lock your equipment in a high visible/traffic area. Thieves prefer secluded areas.
  • Make sure to put your lock through a closed part of your bike frame. Wheels can easily be taken off a bike.
  • Lock your wheels as well as your frame. It is harder to take a back wheel off, so if you only lock one wheel, make it your front wheel.
  • For extra security, use a U-lock and cable lock together especially to lock front and back wheels.
  • The newer, more expensive a bike, ski or board, the more of a target it will be, even though all bikes are prone to theft.
  • Avoid leaving your bike, ski and board locked up on the street or in a rack over night.

These precautions will help you secure your bike and enjoy many more excursions in the future.

Register your bike, ski and board with the Vail Police Department

Residential and Business Burglary Prevention

Residential and Business Burglary Prevention

The Department offers vacation security checks where an Officer will check residential and commercial properties in an owner’s absence.  Contact the Vail Public Safety Communications Center at 970-479-2201 to schedule checks.

Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft!  Swindlers go after social security numbers, dates of birth, medicare numbers, addresses, birth certificates, death certificates, passport numbers, financial account numbers, passwords,  telephone numbers, and more. To learn how to minimize your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft, or if you believe you are a victim of identity theft, read the information in the links below.

Safe Winter Driving Tips

See Something/Say Something

See Something/Say Something Campaign

See Something/Say Something is key to early identification of potential threats. Report suspicious activity or abandoned backpacks and suspicious items by calling 877-509-CIAC (2422). In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

Important Links

Contact Info

Vail Police
General Information

Dwight Henninger
Vail Police Chief

Craig Bettis
Administrative Commander

Ryan Kenney
Operations Commander

Marc Wentworth
Vail Public Safety Communications Center Director