Safety Tips

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

Report unwanted communications

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.

Robbery Prevention Tips

March 15, 2016

The following tips may help prevent robbery.

Travel with others

  • UC Berkeley's 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

How to Report Crime

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Dialing 911 from a landline anywhere on campus, or dialing (510) 642-3333 from a cell phone will connect to UCPD's dispatch center as an emergency call.

What do I do if I think I have been robbed?

I have lost something and I think it was stolen from me. Does this happen a lot?

Unfortunately, theft is by far the most common crime on campus property. Learn more about theft prevention. You can reduce the incidence of theft by reporting suspicious persons and adhering to Access Control policies by not holding cardkey protected doors open for unknown people.

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips

Safety tip to help avoid sexual assault:

 

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.

Tips for preventing cell phone theft

May 23, 2016

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.

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

Resources for Staying Safe

May 16, 2016

From Night Safety Services to Links to Resources.....

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.

https://security.berkeley.edu/resources/best-practices-how-articles/preventing-laptop-theft

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.