Beware, all you skiers, thieves are after your equipment
The Park City Police Department since early February has received a string of reports from people claiming that their skis were stolen from locations at Deer Valley Resort or in the vicinity of the resort.
The reports started on Feb. 2 and they continued through last weekend. The Police Department during the ski season regularly fields complaints about stolen skis. Some of them turn out to have been taken by thieves while others are later found where the person left them.
The cases reported at or close to Deer Valley in February included:
The mountain resorts encourage people to secure their equipment at check-in locations or in lockers.
A Deer Valley spokesperson said the resort has not received reports of an uptick in thefts recently, saying some of the cases logged with the Police Department might have involved misplaced skis rather than stolen ones. Emily Summers, the spokesperson, said Deer Valley offers free secure corrals at Snow Park Lodge, Silver Lake Lodge and the Empire Lodge.
The Police Department has long said thieves who take skis or snowboards typically either want the equipment for themselves or plan to sell the skis and snowboards on the black market.
The police in Park City years ago launched a registration system for skis and snowboards. Bill Morris, a police officer who oversees the registration system, said approximately 700 to 750 pairs of skis or snowboards have been registered.
People who register their skis or snowboards are given a decal to put on the equipment signifying they have been registered. Information about the equipment would also be put into a national crime database if it is stolen.
Morris said skis and snowboards outfitted with a decal are easier to return to the owner if they are stolen and later found. He said the decals also are a deterrent to thieves.
Morris occasionally visits Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort for registration events.
"The main purpose of this program is to give law enforcement a way to track stolen property. If the equipment is registered, the police can contact pawn shops and find out if the equipment has been pawned," the Police Department says in an online description of the program.
People may register their equipment on the Police Department’s section of City Hall’s website. The decal is then sent to people who register online. The online registration form asks for information like the make, model and color of the equipment and the serial number.
The registration form is available on City Hall’s website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select the "I Want To . . ." dropdown menu at the top of the page. Then select the "Register my Skis/Snowboard (Equipment)."
For more information about the program, contact Morris. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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