Safety Tips

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

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. 

Special Event Safety

Before the Event

Before going to a large arena event, be sure to designate a meeting area in case your group becomes separated. This is particularly important if you have small children with you. When parking your vehicle be sure to do the following:

Laptop Theft Prevention Tips


  • Pack up and carry your laptop with you wherever you go, even the bathroom.
  • Have someone you really trust watch it.
  • If you must sleep, sleep on your computer.


  • Don't leave valuables in the open. 
    If thieves see it, they'll do more to get it.
  • Lock your door when you leave, 
    even if you are gone for a short time.
  • If you can lock up valuables in desks, cabinets,
    remember to lock it up every time.

Child Safety Tips

  • Help your child learn the surrounding streets and main roads by name and caution them about taking shortcuts. Make certain that they always stay on main roads and determine some public places they can go to for assistance if they are ever in trouble or lost.
  • Remind your child to always stay with other children and report any unusual or confusing incidents to you.
  • Make certain that there are backup people your child can contact if they need assistance and you are not home.

Alcohol Poisoning

If you’re unsure of how to help – don’t waste time – get help by calling 9-1-1.

Look For Signs Of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Unconsciousness
  • Slowed or irregular breathing
  • Puking, particularly while passed out

If ANY of the signs are evident call 9-1-1 for help immediately.

Health And Safety Are #1 Priority

  • Stay with person – Don’t leave them to “sleep it off”

Auto Burglary Prevention Tips

UCPD recommends taking the following steps in protecting your property and to discourage would-be criminals from committing auto burglaries:

Hot Prowl Prevention Tips

  • Keep outside doors locked.  Place a dowel or stick in a sliding window or door track.  Windows are often much less attended to than doors, so check them throughout the home routinely.
  • Install drapes or blinds on all lower level windows and doors to obscure the visibility of expensive items such as computers, stereos and televisions.  Use a caller ID system and screen all phone calls.
  • The outgoing message on your answering device should never indicate that you are not at home.  Always use plural nouns even if you live alone.

Aggravated Assault Prevention Tips

  • If harassed or assaulted, scream and attempt to run for safety.
  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace.  Don’t stop to talk to strangers.
  • Be alert for subjects loitering in an area with no particular purpose.
  • Watch where you are going and what is going on around you.
  • Never hitchhike.

Burglary or Theft Prevention Tips

  • Put away your valuables. Don’t leave them visible.
  • Ensure that all doors, desks, and windows are locked if you leave, and take your keys with you. Do not prop open doors.
  • Familiarize your employees with your security systems and procedures.
  • Keep a record of all keys issued. Master keys and extra duplicates should be locked away for safekeeping.
  • Do not admit strangers into your residence hall.
  • Do not leave coats or other valuable items in common areas or where they are visible.

Nixle alerts are here: Q&A with UCPD Chief Margo Bennett

March 31, 2016

The UC Berkeley Police Department recently launched Nixle, a new tool that will enhance the department’s communications, distribute crime alerts, and keep the UC Berkeley community more informed about campus safety. In this Q&A withBerkeley News, UCPD Chief Margo Bennett describes what the campus can expect from Nixle. She also discusses UCPD’s latest efforts to combat crime on campus, which have contributed to an overall decrease in violent and property crimes.