Crime Prevention

The Police Services Crime Prevention program's focus is to mitigate the likelihood of crime before it occurs. 

Police Services provides crime prevention services that include the following:

  • Live Scan fingerprinting
  • Motorist Assistance
  • Safety Escorts
  • Safety/Physical Security Assessments for students, faculty and staff;
  • Lighting and landscape/visual obstruction assessments

Additionally, the following key tips will reduce the likelihood of you becoming a crime victim.

Housing Security

  • Lock you doors at all times, particularly when you leave your room.
  • Program emergency phone numbers in your phone.
  • Do not leave messages on your door or voicemail indicating when you will be gone and/or when you will return.
  • Do not let strangers enter your residence. Call Police Services if you observe a stranger around your residence.
  • Do not open your door to permit strangers to use your phone. Call Police Services and ask them to assist the stranger with their telephone needs.
  • Do not place your address on your key ring.
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
  • Do not leave your keys in "hiding" places. Thieves can find hidden keys.
  • Do not keep large sums of cash in your room.
  • Do not leave valuables (e.g.: credit cards, jewelry, IPads) visible from windows.
  • Report broken lights and locks to housing officials immediately.
  • When in doubt, call Police Services 510-885-3791.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Use the "buddy system" and walk in pairs, especially after dark.
  • Call Police Services for a safety escort. Officers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
  • Avoid walking in poorly lit areas.
  • Walk with a purpose and demonstrate and awareness of your surroundings.
  • Keep your hands free from carrying unnecessary objects.
  • Walk with a cell phone- program the Police Services phone number into the contact list-510-885-3791.  
  • Do not become distracted by cell phone, ear buds or headphone use.
  • Have your keys handy when approaching your vehicle. Being able to immediately enter your auto or residence is critical to your safety.
  • Familiarize yourself with the geographical layout of the University.This will enable you to accurately provide Police Services with your location in the event of an emergency.
  • Utilize the emergency phone stations that are strategically located throughout the University (blue lights).
  • Refer to this campus map to locate emergency phones.

Parking Lot Security & General Vehicle Safety

  • Approach your vehicle with keys in hand.
  • If possible, activate the vehicle's interior dome light with remote prior to entering your vehicle.
  • Look inside your vehicle prior to entering.
  • Lock your doors upon entering the vehicle.
  • Drive your vehicle with doors locked. If you are alone, be sure your passenger window is up.
  • When stopping in traffic/intersections, leave room in front of vehicle to steer away from potential trouble.
  • Don't become distracted by cell phone use.
  • Don't provide rides to strangers.
  • Don't leave your mail in plain view inside your vehicle.Criminals can read your address from an envelope and follow you home.
  • Don't stop and offer assistance to a stranger whose car has broken down. Use your cell phone to summon assistance.
  • Ensure your vehicle is well maintained with a full tank of gas.
  • Consider purchasing towing/roadside service coverage.
  • Don't park in poorly lit areas.
  • When possible, select a parking area that is free from large vans, trucks, bushes or other objects that could conceal a criminal or impair your ability to summon help.
  • Don't park your car if you see a stranger loitering for no apparent reason. Drive away.

Property Theft

  • Record serial numbers of expensive property (e.g.: TV, stereo, laptop computers).
  • Engrave valuables with your driver's license number.
  • Register your bicycle with Police Services.
  • Don't leave items such as bicycles, backpacks, laptops, wallets or cell phones unsecured.
  • Keep your suite door (bedroom door) closed and locked when hosting social gatherings in common areas of residences.
  • Immediately report stolen property to Police Services.
  • Report instances of someone carrying expensive property out of a Residential Community, especially during unusual hours.
  • Don't leave property unattended in public hallways, classrooms, the library or curbside.


  • Serve as a leader in your Residential Community by facilitating a "Town Hall" meeting with your neighbors. Invite Police Services to provide a crime prevention presentation.
  • Visit UPD (located in the library) and meet with a police officer to discuss basic crime prevention strategies.
We hope the information here is helpful. Remember that police and community services officers are always on patrol ensuring the safety of everyone on campus but we can't do it alone. Be an active member of this community by reporting suspicious activities