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Tips to keep yourself and your belongings safe

Being prepared and aware of your surroundings may be your best defense against crime. Come to a safety presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to learn how you can protect yourself in the workplace or just out-and-about.

UC Police Corporal Wade MacAdam will share recommendations for things you can do to stay safe from theft and robbery. In addition, he will discuss how UC Police Department’s SWAT team responds to situations in which there is an attacker, and suggest measures that you can consider to protect yourself in various environments, including at movie theaters or concerts.

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 5
  • Time: 12–2 p.m.
  • Location: Franklin Lobby 1

Workplace Security Tips

It’s easy to let our thoughts drift as we move through our day-to-day routine. But the cost of this distraction could be a stolen laptop, cell phone or worse. Protect yourself, your work and your stuff by adopting safe habits:

  • Lock your car and do not leave valuables in your unattended vehicle. Even if you try to conceal possessions, thieves may still break in.
  • Be aware of “tailgaters” who may follow you in or take advantage of your distraction to enter as you exit the building or parking garage, particularly in the evenings.
  • Be aware of your surroundings as you walk from your vehicle or between buildings.
  • Avoid talking on your phone while walking between buildings or use a headset so you can secure your device out of sight while walking.
  • Keep your bags closed and close to you at all times if you commute on public transportation.
  • Maintain control over laptops and other electronics when you’re in meeting rooms or other public areas.
  • Keep your purse, backpack and other valuables in a locked drawer or cabinet if you step away from your workspace.
  • Lock your computer screen too. A simple Ctl+Alt+Delete can keep someone else from logging on to your machine and accessing files or other information.
  • Use caution in public restrooms. Never leave your packages, coat, briefcase or purse outside the stall. If you use a hook or shelf in a stall, make certain someone can’t reach over and take your belongings.
  • Don’t prop doors open. If they are meant to be closed and locked, leave them that way.
  • Protect laptops or other important equipment by locking them up before you leave the office.
  • Check-in with the security desk if you are staying very late in the office so your presence is known.
  • Ask for extra security.You can contact Building Services or the IT Service Desk for information about locking cabinets and desks, or for options to keep your computer and other equipment safe. Building Services will arrange for security to escort you between buildings after hours if needed.

Most importantly, report any suspicious activity immediately to UCOP Security at 510-987-9700.


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