Report Crime

Dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Reporting crime helps to reduce incidence of crime.

Vehicle Safety

General Tips

  • Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas. Trust your instincts, if something doesn't feel right, find another place to park.
  • Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Take note of emergency/pay phones near where you have parked in case you need to use them.
  • Do not leave valuable items visible in your car.
  • Always roll up all windows and lock all doors before leaving your vehicle.

Before Entering Your Vehicle

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.

Identity Theft

What to do if you become a victim of Identity Theft

It is important to act immediately to stop the thief’s further use of your identity. Call the fraud units of the three
credit reporting companies:
Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. Report the theft of your credit cards or numbers. Ask that your accounts be flagged. Also, add a victim’s statement to your report. Be sure to ask how long the fraud alert is posted on your account, and how you can extend it if necessary. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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