Crime Prevention Tips

Crime Prevention


The holiday season is a special time and as a result many can become distracted with all the festivities that are happening.  The Division of Campus Safety wants to remind you of a few tips that will help assure that your holidays stay merry and bright.  Pass these great tips on to your friends and family members as well as the egg nog.

At Home:

  • Lock your car doors, even when in your own driveway or carport.
  • Do not tempt a thief by leaving valuables visible in your car, such as GPS devices or even car cellphone chargers.
  • Always double check to make sure you didn’t forget anything in plain view.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.  Put wooden dowels in the window tracks to prevent opening.
  • When leaving your apartment, house, or dorm room for an extended time, have a friend or neighbor watch your residence or pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.  
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.  You can use the radio function on an clock/alarm.
  • Items such as laptops, tablet devices, or other valuable items should not be left visible from exterior windows or doors.  

Strangers at Your Door:

  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. Be wary of unexpected deliveries, especially if you don’t see a reputable delivery vehicle.
  • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
  • Donate to a recognized charitable organization and beware of holiday scams.

When shopping:

  • When you’re stressing about those last minute gifts, remember to stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Be extra careful if you carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area an be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables in plain view in your vehicles.  
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

If you’re staying on campus during the holidays:

  • The University Police Department is staffed 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week with sworn law enforcement officers regardless of campus closures and are always available to assist.  
  • If you need an escort on or around the campus, CARE Escorts or University Police officers will respond to assist regardless of time or campus closures.
  • If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  Don’t hesitate to call the University Police Department.

The Division of Campus Safety wishes you and your family a happy and safe holidays.  

The University Police can be reached at: 

(415) 338-7200

In case of EMERGENCY:

dial 9-1-1 from a campus phone line
or (415) 338 -2222 from a cell phone



The majority of crimes on campus are crimes of opportunity. Items commonly stolen are bicycles, laptops, cell phones and backpacks. Items most commonly stolen from vehicles include GPS’s, MP3 players, loose change, wallets and other small valuable items. Awareness by members of the campus community is a major factor in reducing these types of crimes. Your willingness to secure your property and report suspicious activities immediately to the University Police Department will assist us in our endeavors to minimize this type of crime.


ON CAMPUS - Never leave your property unattended while on campus.



If you carry a purse have the strap across your body if it’s long enough, otherwise hold it close to your body and not on your forearm. If you have a wallet, avoid carrying it in your back pocket. Put it inside your coat or front pocket.

  1. Don’t flash your personal belongings such as MP3 players. Cell phones, Laptops
  2. For your MP3 player, wear subtle colored headphones
  3. Keep all personal belongings on your person.
  4. Don’t wear your cell phone on your belt.
  5. Don’t carry passport or important documents related to identity.



  1. Don’t walk alone at night!
  2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Observe people and activities around you. Look confident and purposeful when you walk.
  3. Choose busy, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas, alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and construction sites.
  4. Think about your safety everywhere you go ? be alert and don’t assume you are always safe. Avoid situations that could put you in danger.
  5. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, then leave.
  6. Be aware that wearing earphones connected to electronic devices while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger.



  • A free escort program on campus
  • C.A.R.E. escorts are trained and supervised by UPD
  • Available from 4:30pm-11:30pm M-F
  • UPD Officers are available when C.A.R.E. members are not on duty.
  • Night time on-campus transportation is available
  • Allow 10-15 minutes for your escort to arrive.



Recently around campus we have had several incidents where suspects approach their victims asking to use their phone to make “an important call”. Once the suspect has the phone, they take off. Below is a list of things you can do to help protect your property.


  • DO NOT let strangers use your cell phone.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings at all times.
  • Observe people and activities around you.
  • Look confident and purposeful when you walk.
  • Be aware that wearing earphones connected to electronic devices while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger.



  1. Remove high dollar items from vehicle (GPS's, CD players, purses, wallets, MP3 players, laptops, backpacks, luggage etc). Do not leave your property in plain view.
  2. If your car stereo has a detachable face, take the faceplate with you every time you park your vehicle.
  3. Lock all doors.
  4. Secure all windows.
  5. Activate car alarm if you have one.

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