Theft Prevention In Campus Buildings
According to campus policy, UCPD maintains control of access to all campus facilities, monitors the issuance of keys and administers alarm systems. It is important to understand, however, that the Berkeley campus is generally open to the public. Theft is the most common crime on the Berkeley campus. Over $100,000 worth of University property and equipment is stolen annually from the Berkeley campus. Wallet, purse, laptop and backpack theft make up a large percentage of personal property theft. Most thefts occur during the daylight hours, and in 80% of reported thefts and burglaries, thieves enter the structure, and/or office, without forced entry.
To address this, UCPD actively promotes the practice of community crime prevention with many programs and campaigns developed to help you recognize your own vulnerability to crime, to educate about preventive actions and to encourage communication with UC Police.
By far, the most effective thing you can do to reduce the likelihood of crime is develop a strong sense of community with others at your residence, living group, or office. Exchange information about your schedules and watch your neighbors’ houses, rooms, and work areas. Report suspicious activities to one another and to the UC Police by calling (510) 642-6760, 24-hrs.
The Campus Access Control Policy is available to view at police.berkeley.edu/programsandservices/CACP.
Keep Residence Halls Safe from Thieves
The residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, with entry controlled by a mechanical and/or card key system, but UCPD encourages students to take personal responsibility for locking up, and keeping an eye on things, so that everyone stays safe. Here are a few tips for discouraging would-be thieves in your residence hall:
- Help be sure outside doors are closed and locked.
- Keep your room locked, especially when you are out during move-in.
- Lock your room door and windows when you leave, even if only for a minute, and take your keys with you.
- Keep small valuable items, out of sight, in a closed drawer or another place out of common view.
- Do not leave coats, books, or other valuable items in common areas. Keep them in your room.
- Do not leave your car unlocked when loading or unloading.
- Ask strangers to wait in common areas while their friends are summoned.