Theft prevention

Theft is the most common crime on campus and it is usually a crime of opportunity.

Bike Licensing & Registration

Per law, bicycles must possess a license (a UCPD sticker affixed to your bicycle).  Additionally, to use some secure bicycle parking areas on campus and at residence halls, you must have a license (UCPD sticker) on your bicycle.

UCPD offers bike licensing services for free. You will need to bring your bicycle to 1 Sproul Hall between 6pm to 9pm, Monday-Friday, during the main academic year August-May, excluding holidays. 

Email UCPD if you have questions.

Vehicles and Bicycles on Campus

Drive & Ride Safely and Legally 

For Vehicles:

All vehicles coming onto the UC Berkeley campus must observe the driving and parking regulations identified in the campus policy for Vehicle Access to Campus:

http://campuspol.berkeley.edu/policies/vehicleaccess.pdf

The routes designated for vehicles are identified on the vehicle campus access map below:

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.

Bike Theft Prevention Tips

  • Use a U-Lock instead of a cable lock. U-Locks are solid steel and are very hard to cut. Cable locks can be cut easily.
  • Don’t secure your bike with a cheap lock.
  • Always secure your bike to a bike rack or solid object. Secure both wheels and frame.
  • Remember that locks are only a deterrent.
  • Report all suspicious persons loitering around bike racks by calling 911.
  • If it can be removed, it can be stolen!  Quick release tires and adjustable bicycle seats are good examples of parts that are stolen easily.

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.

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

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