Overall occupancy in Aspen for June was down 10.2 percent but the average daily room rate was up 10.7 percent, according to a sampling of up to 18 lodging properties representing around 1,560 units.
Occupancy in Aspen’s lodging properties for June was 55.4 percent compared to 61.6 percent last year during the same month. However, the average daily room rate jumped from $290 last year to $322 this year.
Occupancy in Snowmass was up 6 percent in June compared to the same month last year — from 26.8 percent in 2012 to 28.4 percent in 2013. The average daily room rate jumped 5.9 percent — from $121 last year to $128 this year. The Snowmass data is based on a sampling of up to 10 properties, representing about 1,350 units.
The reservations activity report was released by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.
Beginning today, the Aspen Police Department will begin using a GPS-enabled bait bike to deter bicycle theft within the city.
The department has decided to take a proactive step after witnessing a 30 percent increase in thefts from 2011 to 2012 — from 61 to 89. Since May, the department has logged 33 bicycle theft reports, according to a press release.
The APD has modeled its program after the University of Wisconsin Police Department’s bait bike program. According to Sgt. Aaron Chapin with the UWPD, its program has decreased bicycle theft reports by nearly 50 percent since its implementation in 2008 — from around 100 reports per year to approximately 40 to 50.
The number of arrests made each year for bicycle thefts on the University of Wisconsin’s campus also has increased significantly. The UWPD believes that the bait bike program also may decrease overall theft, assuming that bicycle thieves are more likely to perpetrate other types of theft as well, according to the press release.
“Our department seeks innovative approaches to crime reduction,” said Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor in the press release. “This program is a step in the right direction for our community.”
The APD will launch one GPS-enabled bicycle. This unit will be placed at different locations around the city that have been identified as hot spots for bicycle theft. If the device is moved, Aspen police will be alerted of the activity. Officers will then be able to track in real time where the bicycle is, similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone application.
The Aspen Police also will implement a public information campaign to accompany the bait-bike program in the coming weeks.
“We’re not simply looking to catch people in the act, we want to prevent bicycle theft from happening to begin with,” said Pryor.
The goal of the public information campaign will be to educate the community about the bait bike program, encourage the use of heavy-duty “u” style locks over cable locks and to deter potential bicycle thieves. Educational brochures, as well as stickers and bicycle seat covers reading “Thinking about stealing a bike? It could be a bait bike,” will be distributed throughout the community as a deterrent. Educational signage and information regarding bicycle theft prevention also will be posted at various locations within the city.