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Resources and tips for staying safe on campus

UC Berkeley offers a wealth of programs, resources, and information for students and employees about staying safe and healthy — whether you are looking for a way to get around safely at night, searching for safety and health tips, or want to be better prepared for emergencies or the challenges of being on an urban campus. Here is aggregated information from the UC Police Department (UCPD) and many other campus units.

Getting around safely at night

Video night safety tips:
"BearWALK Escort | UC Berkeley Night Safety Services"
Let Cal grad, Lieutenant Alex Yao tell you more about how using Night Safety Services (BearWALK) can keep you safer.
Night Safety Escorts (BearWALK)
Uniformed, trained, and radio-equipped Community Service Officers (CSOs) provide a walking escort to nearby residences, public transportation, or parking lots. The service is available from dusk to 1:45 a.m. To request an escort, call 642-WALK (510-642-9255); a CSO will arrive in 15 minutes.

Night Safety Shuttles (Bear Transit)
The Night Safety Shuttle service is an extension of the BearTransit daytime service, and provides safe nighttime transit to and from the campus. Bear Transit Night Safety Shuttles are free to all and operate year-round*. From 7:30pm to 4am shuttles run on one of two set routes between campus, BART, Clark Kerr Campus and residence halls. View the shuttles in real time on this live map after 7:30pm at BearWALK.berkeley.edu/shuttles.

Requests for off-route stops will not be honored.


North Side Shuttle Map

  • 7:45pm to last Moffitt Library pickup at 3:15am
  • Runs at approximately 30 minute intervals
  • View Schedule

South Side Shuttle Map

  • 7:30 p.m. to last Moffitt Library pickup at 3:30am
  • Runs at approximately 15 minute intervals between 8:00pm and 2:30am, from 2:30am to 3:30am at 30 minute intervals
  • View Schedule

Night Safety Map (PDF)
The Night Safety Map recommends well-lit, well-traveled walking routes on the campus, as well as showing the night shuttle bus routes. Plan a route for safety and walk with friends or a group whenever possible.

Safety guidelines from UCPD
Campus police offer guidelines for crime prevention — from nighttime personal safety, to theft prevention and vehicle security. Have a specific situation you'd like addressed by a law enforcement professional? E-mail UCPD at police@berkeley.edu. Or call the nonemergency line at (510) 642-6760

Safety Counts - Campus Annual Security Report
Published annually and distributed to all students, staff, and faculty, Safety Counts contains crime statistics and is UCPD's definitive resource for safety and crime prevention information.

Put down that iPod and listen up!
Safety tips for students from former UC Police Chief Victoria Harrison (from the 9/19/07 issue of the Berkeleyan).

Receiving UCPD crime alerts

Crime alerts delivered by e-mail
Subscribe to receive crime alerts and advisories by e-mail from UCPD. Incidents that occur on the Berkeley campus and immediate vicinity are reported by UCPD's Community Outreach Division.

Follow UCPD_Cal on Twitter and "Like" UCPDCal on Facebook

Alerts and advisories logged online
A chronological listing of crimes reported to UCPD is online, including dates, times, places, and the status of police investigations.

Daily activity bulletins
A log of many types of incidents occurring on or near campus, with notes about how they’re handled, gives a picture of campus safety and security.

Reporting a crime in progress

Call 911 or, from a cell phone, 642-3333
In the event of an emergency, call 911 from anywhere on campus, or from a cell phone call 642-3333. Program these numbers into your phone for a direct line to UCPD if you are in trouble, or see someone else in trouble. For non-emergencies or information, call UCPD at 642-6760.

Counseling and substance abuse

Party Safe@Cal
Most students do party safely at Cal, but this campus program helps educate students to be safe, responsible, and reduce the dangers associated with drinking.

Alcohol and Drug Use: Counseling and Services
The Tang Center — home of University Health Services — offers counseling and education to promote safe and healthy behaviors to avoid the harm that can come from high-risk drinking and drug use.

Counseling at the Tang Center
A wide range of campus counseling programs helps students in crisis or with personal, academic, career, or health-related concerns.

Stress and anxiety services
No matter what the cause, when stress and anxiety become a problem, counselors at the Tang Center can help.

Coping with tragedy and trauma
When tragedies happen, even people who haven't directly experienced a loss may find themselves shocked, scared, or traumatized. Most people will experience some emotional and/or physical after-effects, and support services are available at the Tang Center.

Emergency preparedness

WarnMe emergency alert service
WarnMeWarnMe is UC Berkeley's alerting and warning service for students, staff, and faculty. It is activated to contact you when there is an immediate threat to safety or health affecting the campus community. WarnMe can alert you by phone, text message, or e-mail — you choose the best ways to reach you. Register or update your emergency contacts at warnme.berkeley.edu.

Resources, response, and warning systems
UC Berkeley's Office of Emergency Preparedness offers tips and services for preparing for  disaster or emergencies, plus a warning system and protocol should disaster strike.

Campus information in an emergency
The campus home page is your first stop for emergency information; if the home page isn't available, go to the campus campus emergency website. News and instructions will also be updated regularly on an emergency hotline, 800/705-9998, and on radio broadcasts in the Bay Area from KALX 90.7FM or KCBS 740AM.

Information for Cal Parents

Cal Parents website
A comprehensive site for parents and families of UC Berkeley students, including a section on campus resources for safety, health, and emergency preparedness.

Safety Comes First
From the fall 2007 edition of Letter Home, a collection of stories and tips on campus safety and the role of UCPD.

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