Special Event Safety

Before the Event

Before going to a large arena event, be sure to designate a meeting area in case your group becomes separated. This is particularly important if you have small children with you. When parking your vehicle be sure to do the following:

  • Lock the car.
  • Do not leave valuables in the car, especially where they can be observed from a window.
  • Park in a safe place.
  • Make a note of where your vehicle is parked.

During The Event

In large crowd situations be aware of the potential for pick pockets. Thefts can occur near bathrooms or in lines. Pick pocketing most often feels like a person just bumped against you. To reduce your vulnerability to pick pocketing, do the following:

  • Keep wallets in front pockets rather than the back pocket.
  • Place a large rubberband around wallet if left in a rear pocket. This makes your wallet harder to move and allows you to feel if it is being lifted.
  • If wearing a coat, keep the wallet in an inside pocket.
  • Leave extra credit cards at home.
  • Keep purses closed and held close to the body.
  • Do not leave personal possessions unattended.

If you discover any personal property missing during the course of an event, report it to police or event security immediately. If you find someone else's wallet, keys, or other personal property, turn them in immediately to a police officer or event staff and tell them where you found the item.

After an Event at a UC Berkeley Location

Try to report losses before you leave the event by reporting it to an officer If you do not discover the loss until you get home, call the University Police at (510) 642-6760 to report thefts or lost items. If you misplace an item visit the Lost and Found online, or call (510) 642-4936, Monday - Friday, from 10 AM - 4 PM to see if your item was turned in, or email lost and found at found@berkeley.edu.

For Away Sporting Events

If you arrive the day before, consider not wearing school/team colors or clothes. This marks you as a visitor and may make you a target of crime. Do not leave signs that indicate where your are from in your car when you leave for the game. Criminals will know you will be gone for the duration of the game and may suspect that visiting cars might have valuables in the trunk. Try to get a map of the area before you go to an away game so that you will be more familiar with the area and won't need to ask for directions.