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.
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.
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.
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:
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 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.