Every case of stalking must be considered as potentially dangerous, and early intervention is critical. UCPD's Threat Management Unit (TMU) takes incidents of stalking seriously and officers have extensive experience coping with stalkers, developing safety plans for targets, and intervening when appropriate. Ask for the TMU detective at (510) 642-6760 when you have questions about steps you can take which may further ensure your safety. Additional resources for making a safety plan are
Harrassing or annoying communications, whether made by phone or any other electronic communications device, might include calls made by pranksters randomly or calls made intentionally by people with whom you have been acquainted. They can include calls at hours when you are sleeping; frequent pointless calls; calls where the caller says nothing; or obscene calls.
No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.
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.