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Preventing Laptop Theft

November 14, 2014

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.

Contact UCPD Berkeley


UC Police Department, Berkeley
1 Sproul Hall (basement)
Berkeley, CA 94720-1199

24 hrs



Emergency from Cell Phone:
(510) 642-3333

Business Phone: (510) 642-6760
Fax: (510) 643-4655

How do I contact the City of Berkeley Police Department?

If incidents occur at a place that is neither owned nor managed by the University it may be out of UCPD's jurisdiction. If you are not sure whether you should report a crime to the UC Police or to another agency, you can call UC Police at (510) 642-6760 to ask an on-duty sergeant for advice.

However, in ALL EMERGENCIES dial 911 
Make an emergency call to City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) from a cell phone by dialing (510) 981-5911. 


If you know of a non-emergency crime that has occurred or is occurring on campus, we would like you to report it. or 
510/664-8477 (from campus phone, you can dial "4-TIPS")

Within minutes, a texted tip will be received by UCPD's dispatch center, where it will be forwarded to the appropriate division of the Police Department for follow-up. 

How can I file a complaint?

How can I give feedback to UCPD, such as file a complaint, or offer constructive criticism?

UCPD is beholden to its community. Citizens can make complaints by printing and completing the Citizen Complaint form.

The UC Berkeley Police Review Board will accept complaints which shall be forwarded immediately to the Chief of Police.

Suspicious Persons and Behaviors

Each of us, yourself and other residents/employees, must take responsiblity for making the campus a safer environment. Reporting suspicious persons and behaviors is an important action you can take to help the police keep the campus safe.

The following are examples of behaviors that could be considered suspicious:

"Is this an EMERGENCY?"

Making an emergency call

When you dial 9-1-1, or (510) 642-3333, or use a blue light phone to make your report, the dispatcher will ask you this question first. Do not downplay the importance of your call. Be prepared to answer the dispatchers next questions.

Crimes in progress or involving life threatening circumstances receive the highest priority response. 

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