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OVERVIEW and TABLE OF CONTENTS
Safety Counts is the UC Berkeley Annual Security Report. The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide students, families, and employees with accurate, complete, and timely information about campus safety so that they can make informed decisions. The University of California Police Department, Berkeley publishes this annual security report in compliance with the Clery Act, but also offers it as a resource guide, directing the reader to campus safety services and advising on crime prevention strategies.
Click below to see tables showing offenses reported in the last 3 years. Statistics reflect reportable activity on campus property and in particular adjacent locations. UCPD reports for the Clery-required areas of Campus, Housing, Noncampus and Public, but UCPD also reports statistics for an inclusive area we call "The Box," the several urban blocks surrounding the main campus.
Many fires start after a house party. If your house or dwelling unit hosts a party, take care to reduce the likelihood of a fire by following these guidelines:
- Assign one or two persons to monitor the event for safety. These monitors should stay sober during the event and be familiar with the building.
- Limit the number of guests, as overcrowding increases risk. A permit for your event is required from the Berkeley Fire Department if the occupant load exceeds 150.
Follow these guidelines for how to live safely in your residence, whether it is privately owned, operated by the campus’ Residential Student Services Program (RSSP), or by any campus affiliate. If you live in an off-campus privately owned rental unit or apartment, do not assume your safety is anyone else’s chief concern. It is up to you to know how to escape a fire successfully and evaluate your home for basic fire safety.
The welfare of those students who reside in “on-campus student housing facilities”* is of utmost importance to UC Berkeley. UCPD works closely with RSSP, International House, and the Berkeley Student Cooperative (with regards to Cloyne Court, The Convent, Fenwick-Weavers, and Rochdale Village) to respond without delay should any of these housing authorities notify us that a residential student is missing.
When a crime or incident is reported to the University Police, an officer takes a report outlining the circumstances of the incident. That report is then forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Bureau (as appropriate), where a police detective reviews it and its evidence (if any).
While UCPD does not have primary responsibility for responding to most non-University properties (Noncampus), such as fraternities, sororities and some cooperative housing, UCPD does regularly collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to respond to crimes and incidents at these locations and to collate incident data for required statistical reporting under the Clery Act.
Statistics published are based on crime reports made by University of California Police Department and incorporate crime statistics received from outside police agencies, including the City of Berkeley Police Department. The Clery Act also mandates that we collect information regarding incidents from “campus security authorities”, or CSAs.
CSAs can include, in addition to campus police officers, non-law enforcement entities such as those with responsibility for controlling access to buildings or facilities and those having "significant responsibility for student or campus activities.”
Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility and your preparation, awareness, and response to fire can save lives and valuable property. If you attend classes or work on campus, you must follow all fire safety regulations as set by the State, as well as all Campus fire safety rules.
Berkeley is a wonderful place to live and learn, which is why thousands of students live within a mile of Campus, an area shared by senior citizens, families with children, and working single adults.
“One Community” was a project resulting from the Chancellor's initiative to enhance the quality of life and safety here. Guidelines for responsibly moving in and out of residences, communicating with neighbors, hosting parties and serving alcohol can be found at the One Community website at onecommunity.berkeley.edu.
UCPD’s Safety Surveys
Is your residence or office at higher risk of burglary and break-in? Contact UCPD’s Crime Prevention Unit for a Security Survey and an officer will meet with you to identify areas in your home or office that may need security improvement. They can show you how to safeguard your building or office against unlawful entry and theft and advise on how to get involved with the Building Watch program.
UCPD Crime Prevention Unit
City of Berkeley Police
(510) 981-5809 or your local law enforcement agency for this service off campus.
UCPD works closely with members of the community, other University departments, and local law enforcement agencies to prevent crime through its integrated community-involved policing. Your awareness of safety issues on campus, and your proactive efforts to keep yourself and others safe, can make a difference. Here you will learn about the campuswide agency coordination that goes toward keeping the campus safe.
The University has established these programs and regulations to keep Campus safe.
Learn all about safety provisions at the University of California, Berkeley. From Blue Light Phones to Night Safety Services, and from Residence Security Liason's to how we deliver Campus Crime Alerts, see the scope of our services and programs.