Safety Tips

From CPU's Safety Tips document and UCPD's Resource Guide

How can I identify a BearWALK CSO?

When you've called BearWALK to request an escort, you will receive a confirmation message telling you when and where to expect your CSO escort. You can be sure that the person who reports for your walk is a UCPD employee by noticing their uniform, and you may ask for their UCPD-issued identification card to confirm.

CSOs will have a UCPD-issued identification card showing their full name and their badge number. They also carry a police radio. When working as BearWALKers, they always wear yellow shirts and jackets that are either yellow or blue. All garments have "CSO" on the back, and the CSO Seal on the left breast.  See pictures below.

Community Service Officer (CSO) Program

If you are interested in working for UCPD as a student-employee that operates BearWALK, follow this link: http://ucpd.berkeley.edu/our-divisions/office-chief/jobs/community-service-officer-cso-student-job

The Community Service Officer Program is designed to promote the personal and professional development of each and every Community Service Officer (CSO).

Can I have a defensive spray?

I am frequently walking around Berkeley and am feeling unsafe. Is it legal for me to carry and use a defensive spray?

Defensive sprays are permitted on campus and in the City of Berkeley to people who are over 18 years of age who are not convicted felons. 

Before purchasing your canister, you should be aware of the laws concerning its use as well as other issues related to the physical effects of tear gas on human beings.

Self-Defense Options & Weapons on Campus

Self-Defense Campus Partners

Two campus departments provide self-defense training:

Note about Stun Guns: Stun guns are not allowed on the Berkeley campus, or in the City of Berkeley.

Crime Prevention Unit (CPU)

Crime Prevention Unit (CPU)

The UCPD Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) is primarily responsible for access control, security technologies and outreach.

Crime Prevention Strategies and Services

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.

Night Safety Tips

The UC Berkeley campus is situated in an urban environment, and though campus areas are relatively safe, the campus is not immune to crime. Your best defense is to adopt an attitude of awareness and to take precautions when you must walk alone.

First and foremost, we encourage you to utilize the Night Safety Shuttle and/or BearWALK Nighttime Escort Service, but we know there will be times when you cannot. In those cases, follow these guidelines

Bicycle Theft

Bicycle theft has become a tremendous problem on college campuses, and the Berkeley campus is no exception. Bicycles and bicycle parts, including seats and "quick release" wheels, are in big demand, and thieves are well-equipped and well-organized.

Robbery Prevention Tips

The following tips may help prevent robbery.

Travel with others

  • Use the UC Berkeley free Night Safety Services 
  • Travel with a friend or in a group
  • Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas
  • Use well-lit, well-traveled routes
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • Dress in clothes and shoes which will not hamper movement

Threat Management Unit (TMU)

The Threat Management Unit is the law enforcement component of the Behavior Risk Assessment Team (BRAT).

The Threat Management Unit assists University affiliates in dealing with cases of aberrant behavior. It investigates, assesses, and managers such incidents, as well as investigates all reported cases of domestic violence and stalking.