Theft prevention

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

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:

Personal Information Security Tips

Your personal information can be used by criminals to gain services, create fraudulent credit accounts, and to obtain false identification. The following are items that you should never give out to strangers:

Protect Property

If you have valuable or sensitive data on your laptop, we hope you take these security measures.

  • Personal property should be marked with your Driver License number preceded by state abbreviation. 
  • Keep record of the serial number of your property.
  • There are many laptop tracking software programs available

You can also further secure your items by keeping laptops and other peripherals locked down with quality hardware (cable locks, lockdown devices, storage cabinets).

Theft Prevention

Theft is the most common crime on the Berkeley campus. Most thefts occur during the daylight hours, and in 80% of reported thefts and burglaries, thieves enter the structure without forced entry. This means our collective awareness and responsibility can really make a difference.

Because theft is largely a crime of opportunity, you can discourage would-be thieves by making theft a little more difficult. These tips are good for res halls, apartments, co-ops or offices.

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.

Keep it. Hide it. Lock it.

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


If you want to be in control of where your valuables are at all times, the surest way is to carry them with you wherever you go. For items you can't afford to lose, don't leave them unattended in a vehicle.

Auto Burglary Prevention Tips

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

Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) Safety

To increase your level of safety at automatic teller machines, follow these basic guidelines:

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.