Theft Prevention

Theft is the most common crime on the Berkeley campus. Most thefts occur during the daylight hours, and in 80% of reported thefts and burglaries, thieves enter the structure without forced entry. This means our collective awareness and responsibility can really make a difference.

Because theft is largely a crime of opportunity, you can discourage would-be thieves by making theft a little more difficult. These tips are good for res halls, apartments, co-ops or offices.

Monitor access

  • Keep outside doors to your building or facility locked.
  • Don't let unidentified people float in behind you.
  • Ask strangers to wait in common areas while their hosts are summoned.
  • Politely offer assistance to persons in your building or residence whom you do not recognize. If they have legitimate business, they will appreciate your help. If they do not, you can ask them to leave.

If it's visible, thieves will do more to get it

  • Do not leave coats, books, or other valuable items in common areas. Keep them in your room.
  • Even in your room, keep small valuable items out of plain sight, such as in a closed drawer.

Keep things locked

  • When you are out, make a habit of keeping doors and windows closed and locked, and closing blinds or drapes. 
  • Lock up even if you're leaving only for a minute, and take your keys with you.

If you hear or see something suspicious, call the police immediately. Dial (510) 642-6760 24-hours a day direct to UCPD. In case of imminent threat to life or property, dial 9-1-1 or (510) 642-3333 from a cell phone on or near campus for emergency response.

Apartment Living

  • Make sure your home has dead bolt locks on all doors leading to the outside.
  • Make sure all hallways, entrances, garages, and grounds are well lit.
  • Leave spare keys with friends—not under the doormat, in mailboxes, or other easily-guessed hiding places.

Coordinate with those with whom you share space. Exchange information about your schedules and watch your neighbors' houses, rooms, and work areas. Report suspicious activities to one another and to the police.

SAFETeam Program

The SafeTeam Program (formerly Building Watch) is an application of the neighborhood watch model adapted to a university setting. Each building is a unique “community” with specific concerns and needs. Officers assigned to these buildings work with Building Coordinators, students, staff and faculty to identify problems, and find solutions. The program increases communication between the Police Department and those who regularly work or live on campus property, to facilitate services that are building-specific and appropriate, and to increase resident awareness.