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Free ski/snowboard registrations Friday, Saturday in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Police Department will sponsor free ski/snowboard registrations from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday and Saturday to coincide with the opening of the 2010-11 season on Vail Mountain. The registrations will be staffed by police volunteers in the Lionshead Mall.

By adding a ski or board’s identification number to a database and applying a yellow registration sticker, opportunities for theft can be reduced, says Sgt. Christopher Botkins.

“These thefts are usually crimes of opportunity. By registering your equipment, you can help prevent it from being stolen and aid in recovery in the event your equipment does get stolen,” he said.

In addition to registering your skis or snowboard, Botkins offers the following tips to prevent theft:

• Record your serial number.

• Save your receipt.

• Engrave a number or apply a unique sticker to your skis or snowboard.

• Always lock your skis or board when left outside, even when you are going to run in to a store for only a few seconds.

• Avoid leaving your skis or board locked up on the street or in a rack over night.

Botkins says 91 ski and/or snowboard thefts were reported in Vail last year. The vast majority of the thefts occurred in the Vail (49) and Lionshead (27) villages, while the rest occurred on Vail Mountain.

Ski and snowboard registrations can also be done online at on the Police Department page. The department also registers bikes, kayaks and other recreation equipment. For details on the registration, contact Code Enforcement Officer Kurt Mulson at 479-2200.

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