Per city municipal law, bicycles must possess a license (a DMV sticker affixed to your bicycle; issued for free by UCPD) in the City of Berkeley. Other nearby cities might have similar laws. Additionally, to use some secure bicycle parking areas on campus and at residence halls, campus building managers might ask that you have a license (UCPD sticker) on your bicycle.
The University of California Police Department at Berkeley employs community policing strategies to prevent crime on and around campus properties.
A secure environment is made possible through community involvement in crime prevention. The purpose of community crime prevention is simple: to help you recognize your own vulnerability to crime, and reduce your risk by taking preventive action and cooperation with the police.
The suspect(s) will ask to use a victim’s cell phone—usually claiming the need to contact a sick family member. Once the suspect has the cell phone, the suspect(s) drive off in a vehicle—stealing the phone.
BPD would like to remind and encourage people to employ a few crime prevention measures that can help reduce your risk of falling prey to these types of crimes.
Lieutenant Marc DeCoulode with UCPD warns, "it only takes 10 seconds for a thief to smash a window and grab a laptop.” To protect your laptop or mobile device and its data in the event of theft, follow these basic security practices.