Safety and Security Tips for Students
- Always be alert to your surroundings. Be aware of your location and situations that could make you vulnerable
- Avoid people and situations that make you nervous – trust your instincts!
- If you have a backpack or bag, carry it securely against you. Although if a thief’s intent is to steal the item, giving it up may be the best way to ensure your personal safety.
- UC Davis Police Safe Rides provides free transportation after hours on campus. Call 530-754-COPS or use our free smart phone application (TAPRIDE), to arrange a ride.
- Download the Aggie Guardian personal safety app.
- Never leave valuable items unattended, even for a short time
- If leaving bags or valuables in a car, try to put them out of sight
- If a thief tries to take an item from you, give it up rather than risk injury.
Housing and buildings
- Always lock your doors and windows when you go out or before going to sleep. Burglars often enter through doors or windows that are left open or unlocked.
- Don’t let someone you don’t know “tailgate,” or follow you through locked doors in residence halls or other buildings
- If possible, place valuable items, such as laptops, out of sight and away from windows.
- Make some effort to get to know your neighbors, as they can be a resource for reporting suspicious activity.
- Check out UC Davis Housing's Guide to Residence Hall Life - Personal Safety & Security
Scams and frauds
- Requests for money or gift cards from people you do not know by phone, email, text or other messaging is very likely a fraud. Legitimate entities are not likely to contact you for payment via the phone.
- Do not send money or gift cards in response to these calls or messages
- If you think you have been/are a victim of fraud, contact the police.
- The UC Davis Safe Party Initiative website offers resources for party goers, party hosts and upstanders.
- The Tipsy Taxi Service offers free rides to students attending parties off campus.
- Bicycling under the influence is illegal and unsafe.
- Get a good quality U-lock, and use it!
- Always lock your bicycle to an installed bike rack or pod, if possible in a visible, well-lit area
- Use a chain or cable to secure quick-release wheels and seats
- Consider a lower-value bicycle for daily use
- Get a California Bicycle License – it makes it easier to return a stolen bike to its owner.