How to Report Crime

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Dialing 911 from a landline anywhere on campus, or dialing (510) 642-3333 from a cell phone will connect to UCPD's dispatch center as an emergency call.

  • Where are you?
  • Where did it happen?
  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?

If you are on campus property, you can also use a blue light or "code blue" phone to make a 911 call. There are blue light phones installed along walkways and near building entrances and exits. Be aware of them, because you can reach UCPD with one press of a button. Press the red button of a code blue phone for a direct connection to UCPD dispatch. The dispatcher will instantly be able to see your exact location on campus and can dispatch an officer within minutes. 

If the crime you observe is still in progress, or you have been the victim of a crime, your first responsibility is to ensure your own safety before making the call. These are ways you can make yourself safer:

  • If you are outside your home, get to a public area, such as an open store, a restaurant or hotel.
  • If at home, go to a safe area of the house, or go outside.

Our non-emergency line

Do not call 9-1-1 to report minor accidents, a loud party, power outages, or a crime that is no longer in progress. Instead, call the UCPD non-emergency line, (510) 642-6760. UCPD has personnel available at this line all hours of the day, all days of the week. They can receive requests for assistance or offer advice about your reporting options.

Why should I report?

There are some very good reasons, in addition to prosecuting criminal activity, to promptly report crime.

The University of California Police Department is the primary agency for reporting and investigating all crimes that occur on Berkeley campus property. UCPD coordinates responses to crime in adjoining jurisdictions, when requested to do so.

Describe a suspect

Refer to this checklist when describing a suspicious person or suspect in a crime.

Make a note of anything you can remember about:

Describe a suspect vehicle

If a motor vehicle is involved in a crime report the following information:

  • activity,
  • direction of travel,
  • license plate,
  • color,
  • make/model,
  • unusual characteristics (e.g., dents, bumper stickers, graphics, wheels, tinted windows, lifted/lowered),
  • number of persons, etc