06:32am Sunday 31 May 2020

UCSF Police Offer Holiday Safety Tips

Falling victim to crime can happen to anyone at anytime, UCSF police say. While there are no guarantees that you won’t be a victim, there are things you can do to avoid being an easy target. The following suggestions are offered to assist you and your family:

Prevent Auto Burglary

  • Always lock your vehicle and store all items out of sight in your trunk or locked glove box.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running.
  • Park in well lit locations and as close as possible to building/mall entrances.

Prevent Home Burglary

  • Gifts and valuables should be kept out of sight and away from windows.
  • If you are traveling, ask a neighbor to watch your house. If you have an alarm system, make sure you use it.
  • Place timers on different lights throughout the interior and exterior of the house.
  • Have newspapers, mail and deliveries held or picked up by someone you trust.
  • Do not publicize that you will be out of town for the holidays on your voicemail or to people you do not know.

Prevent Pick-Pocketing and Identity Theft

  • Bring only the cash and credit cards you will need. Keep your credit cards and ID in a safe place, separate from each other and separate from your house keys.
  • Never display large amounts of cash. Use checks and debit/credit cards when possible.
  • Record credit card numbers and phone numbers so you can immediately report stolen credit cards to the police and issuing company.
  • Keep receipts of your purchases until you have verified the purchases on your statement, then shred receipts that show your credit card number after you have reconciled your records.
  • When shopping online, shop only at secure websites.
  • Do not respond to emails asking you for your personal credit card information, especially your pin number.

General Safety Tips

  • Share your shopping itinerary with someone you trust.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
  • Ask stores if a security guard can escort you to your vehicle if you feel unsafe, especially if it is dark and you are alone.
  • Keep keys in your hand when walking to your car or home.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings and be aware of anyone approaching you or your vehicle.
  • To prevent distraction, avoid talking on your cell phone when walking in public, especially at night.
  • Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas; use well-lit, frequently traveled routes.
  • Travel with a friend or in a group.
  • If someone demands your purse or wallet, surrender it immediately – it’s not worth your life. Report the incident to the police immediately.

Who to Call on and off Campus

    Call 9-911 from a campus phone, or 911 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

  • If your path is clear, move away from the potential threat, and toward the nearest open business or public area.
  • If a threat seems imminent and people are close by, yell, blow a whistle, honk your horn, or make a commotion in any way that you can to attract attention.
  • Report all crimes (actual, attempted or suspected) to the police.
  • For cell phone use, program these important phone numbers into your cell phone:
    SFPD Emergency: 415/553-8090
    SFPD Non-Emergency: 415/553-0123
    UCSF Police Emergency: 415/476-6911
    UCSF Police Non-Emergency: 415/476-1414

Help fight crime by reporting suspicious activity to UCSF PD immediately. For emergency or in-progress events, dial 9-911 when using on-campus land lines and 415/476-6911 when using cell phones. For non-emergency calls, please dial 415/476-1414.

This alert is a public service to the University community and in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act of 1998.

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