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Campus Safety Tips
Summary: A list of safety tips while on campus.

In the Residence Halls

  • Always lock your door behind you whenever you leave your room — even if just to go to the restroom.
  • Close and lock your windows whenever you leave your room. Burglars have been known to break into rooms by walking out onto the ledge.
  • Do not tape or put any objects in your door jam. You may forget that you’ve done so and leave your room vulnerable to theft.
  • Keep your backpack in your room when eating in the dining halls. The cubby holes for backpacks are not monitored.
  • If you have expensive equipment (computers, stereos, etc.) engrave them with your California ID or Driver’s License number. You can borrow the Police Department’s engraver for free; call (310) 825-6111 for details.
  • Have your computer software properly licensed. Enter the appropriate names of the owner into the computer when installing. Send your registration card into the software company so that there is a record of your purchase.
  • Purchase a plastic keychain coil that fits around your wrist. You’ll be able to take a shower and keep your keys in your possession.
  • Check your peephole before you open your door. If you can’t see anyone, don’t open the door.
  • Report any building safety problems to the R.A. or the front desk.
  • Call for a C.S.O. escort at (310) 794-WALK, or the Evening Van at (310) 825-9800.

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In the Libraries

  • Avoid studying in overly secluded areas. Study with others or in areas where there are other people.
  • Don’t forget to eject your copy-card after you’ve made photocopies.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to take all of your belongings.
  • When leaving for the evening, call for a CSO Escort at (310) 794-WALK, or take the Evening Van at (310) 825-9800.

On Campus in the evening

  • Walk with a friend.
  • Stay in well-lit, well-populated areas. Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
  • Be aware of your environment. Don’t be afraid to look over your shoulders. It’s not rude to maintain a safe distance between yourself and others.
  • Avoid blind corners. Take wide turns so that you have room to react to what’s ahead.
  • Carry your keys in your hands. They may be used as a weapon if necessary.
  • Be aware of the location of the nearest blue light emergency (ERS) phones.
  • Do not fall asleep in isolated areas or if there are unknown persons in the room with you.
  • Plan ahead. Know where the restrooms, food and water are.  Do not wander around campus aimlessly.
  • Call for a CSO Escort at (310) 794-WALK, or take the Evening Van at (310) 825-9800.

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In Parking Structures & Lots

  • Carry your keys in your hands. You’ll be able to get into your car faster and the keys may be used as a weapon if necessary.
  • Avoid blind corners. Take wide turns so that you have room to react to what’s ahead.
  • Walk in the center of the aisles when safe to do so. You’ll have more reaction time if someone leaps out from behind a car.
  • Walk with confidence. Criminals can often sense when you feel vulnerable, and this may entice them.
  • Check your backseats before getting into your car.
  • Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas of the parking structure or lot.
  • Use a “club” and/or car alarm. They make theft more difficult for the criminal, and less enticing.
  • Do not keep valuables in your car. If you must, keep them in the trunk where they are out of sight. If you have an internal trunk lock, use it.
  • Keep track of your mileage whenever using stack parking.
  • Take your pullout/removable face stereo with you. Do not put it under the seats, in the glove compartment, or in the trunk, as this is always the first place criminals check.
  • Call for a CSO Escort (794-WALK).

Other Tips

  • Know your limit for alcohol. You are more vulnerable when you don’t have full use of your senses.
  • Always report any suspicious activity to the Police. 911 for emergencies, and (310) 825-1491 for non-emergencies.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when using ATMs (Automated Teller Machines). Keep track of who is behind you.
  • When working-out at the John Wooden Center, bring a quarter to use the lockers. Use the lockers and don’t bring anything you can’t keep with you.
  • When running alone, do not wear earphones, as this eliminates hearing as a defense mechanism. Try to run with a friend in the evenings, or have them watch you as you run. Keep your keys in your hand while running, as they can be used as a weapon if necessary.
  • Advise someone of your whereabouts and how long you expect to be out. Inform that person if you end up staying longer than expected. (A text message will suffice; do not post your whereabouts on social networking sites (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace.)
  • Consider carrying a whistle. 
  • Learn to use and carry mace or pepper spray. Take a self-defense workshop.
  • Always let someone know where you’ll be going and when you can be expected to return.
  • Purchase and use a good lock and helmet for your bike and motorcycle.
  • Register your bike at the Police Station.

Safety Escorts

  • If you are working late on campus, 15 minutes before you need to leave call the Escort Service at (310) 794-WALK to escort you to the parking lot available daily between dusk until 1a.m.
  • Consider using the Evening Van Service (safe means of transportation around campus during the evening hours) (310) 825-9800.

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UCLA Crime Prevention Unit
Email: | Phone: (310) 825-6111 | Fax: (310) 206-2550 | Mail Code: 136408
601 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1364

Business Hours
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Station Hours
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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