Public Safety

Preventing theft

The potential for crime does exist, but by following the suggestions outlined here, you can substantially reduce the possibility that you, a friend or a colleague might become the victim of a crime.

  • Never leave valuables unattended, even for a minute. For example, if you are studying on campus and need to get a snack, take your belongings with you.
  • Don’t leave expensive items visible from outside your home.
  • Always lock your doors and windows when you leave, even for a few minutes.
  • Do not post about your travels on social media until you have returned.
  • Have an inventory of your valuables with the make, model and serial numbers. This can help you recover your items if they are found.
  • Burglars tend to return to the same areas. If you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1.
  • If you find an intruder in your home, do not try to apprehend the person. The intruder may be armed or may easily grab something in the room as a weapon. Get out of the room and call 9-1-1.
  • If you have a bicycle, always lock it. UCPD recommends using a U-Lock. Register your bike here.

If you live in a residence hall:

  • Lock your doors and windows when you leave, even if you will just be gone for a minute.
  • Never sleep in an unlocked room.
  • If you lose your keys, report it immediately.
  • If you find that your room has been entered, do not go inside or touch anything. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Do not let someone you do not know into the building.

If you live in an apartment:

  • Lock your doors and windows anytime you leave, and when you are sleeping.
  • If you lose your keys, report it to the property manager immediately.
  • Leave some lights on while you are away, preferably on a timer.
  • Do not let someone you do not know into the building.
  • Before you sign a lease, look for a safe apartment. Read about what UCPD recommends you look for here.

If you live in a house:

  • Make sure the outside of your house is well lit at night.
  • Lock your doors and windows anytime you leave, and when you are sleeping.
  • If you are a renter and lose your keys, report it to the owner immediately.  If you or your family owns the house, consider replacing the locks as soon as possible.
  • Leave some lights on while you are away, preferably on a timer.