UC Berkeley has free shuttles to get you around at night. Visit nightsafety.berkeley.edu for more information.

Chief Margo Bennett

Thank you for taking the time to review the information on this website for the University of California Police Department, Berkeley. The pages on this site are part of our ongoing effort to inform you of the many safety programs and services we have developed to support our community. You can also find guidelines about the proactive steps anyone can take to help us maintain a safe and secure campus. 

Night Safety Tips

The UC Berkeley campus is situated in an urban environment, and though campus areas are relatively safe, the campus is not immune to crime. Your best defense is to adopt an attitude of awareness and to take precautions when you must walk alone.

First and foremost, we encourage you to utilize the Night Safety Shuttle and/or BearWALK Nighttime Escort Service, but we know there will be times when you cannot. In those cases, follow these guidelines

Report Crime

Is it an Emergency?

Is this an "imminent threat to life, limb or property"?  If it is, call 9-1-1 immediately.

You can also press the red button on any of the Code Blue Phones around campus to reach UCPD.

But there are other reasons to report crime, even if it is not an emergency.

It helps law enforcement...

  • find and arrest a suspect in a crime

  • track criminal activity and identify trends in various areas

  • recover stolen property