There has been two incidents of burglaries in the Village last week. It is not uncommon to see an increase in crime activites during the holiday season, and here is a couple of things you can do to protect yourself:
- lock all your windows and doors securely wheather or not you are in your apartment. If you have to keep the windows open, use the window locks you can get from the Village Front Office.
- consider getting personal property insurance or renter's insurance which will protect you financially in the event of a robbery or fire. Contact an insurance agency for information and rates.
- report suspicious activities immidiately to UCPD by dialing 642-3333 from your cell phone or 911 from your house phone. Although UCPD increases patrolling during the time of high crimes, the extra eyes and ears are crucial in stopping the crimes.
- check the Village Weekly Police Log under the Quick Links below and be aware of crime activities happening in our community.
* Take your bikes, strollers and trikes indoors. Always lock bikes left outside-bike theft is common here.
* Turn off your heater thermostat, unplug computers and electrical equipment.
* Let your neighbors or friends know you are leaving and how to contact you in case of an emergency.
* Leave your car keys with neighbors if possible in case we need your vehicle moved for an emergency.
* If you have people visiting, let the Office know in writing so we can give them a key if they get
locked out. Many relatives have had to wait all day for a family's return to get back into an apartment!
* Leave a light on an automatic timer. Also be sure to turn off your alarm clock/clock radio before you leave.
* Lock your doors and windows even when you leave for only a few hours.
* Always lock vehicles and do not leave personal property visible in the car.
* Flocked trees cannot be recycled. Please avoid using them.
* If you are using a real tree, saw off at least one inch of the trunk and mount the tree in a stand that holds
water. Keep the water level above the base of the tree. This will keep the tree fresh and green and will
reduce the risk of fire.
* Use only UL approved lights, and turn them off when not home or when sleeping.
* Leave your undecorated, bare trees near the street curbs for pick up by Village staff soon after 12/25.
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For detailed winter schedule and safety tips, click here.
I am a 16 year veteran of the UC Berkeley Police Department and I am currently serving as a Corporal on my patrol team which means that am a supervisor when there is not an official supervisor on duty. I work Saturday through Monday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and every other Tuesday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. I have recently been selected as the RSL (Residential Services liaison) Officer for the University Albany Village and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and becoming a resource for your family's.
Sign-ups have begun for the Winter Session for Children's Recreation
Discounts for Adult Fitness Memberships for December and January
Weight Room Orientation, December 5 & 12 at 7:15 pm
After-school Chinese Program
Sign ups for Winter Classes and programs for children have started. Please visit our website and receive the Village Resident "Coupon Code" for special pricing!!
$20 / month !! That is all it will cost for the December & january Fitness Memberships: includes classes in Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Bootcamps and more!
After-school Chinese Program on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for 5-8 yr olds.
The Winter Holidays will be here before you know it; a great time for meals with family, friends and neighbors! But nothing ruins a holiday dinner plan faster than a stove that isn't working. Don't wait until the last minute to submit repair requests -- test your kitchen appliances (oven, stove, range hood fans and lights) NOW, in advance of your big holiday cooking event and submit a work order request as soon as possible.
A couple of important reminders:
Mail and Forwarding Address
Before you move, please provide the Village Office (and Bear Facts) with a forwarding address (your new address, even if it is in another country), to ensure proper receipt of your security deposit.
Also, submit a change of address form to the US Postal Service (Post Office or www.usps.com) to let them know the date they should discontinue your mail delivery. Note that once you move out we are not allowed to let you back into your old mailbox to check mail.
After-Hours Key Return
The Village Office must receive your keys on your move-out date or no later than 6:00am the following day, or you will be charged an additional day of rent.
If you cannot return your keys before closing at 5:00pm on weekdays, or by 1:00pm on Saturdays, you may drop them through the front door slot of the Village Office in order for us to receive them by the next morning. Please put them in a sealed envelope marked with your building and apartment number, the student's name and phone number, and the number of keys your are returning.
A $50 lock change fee will be charged, if we do not receive all keys in your possession (including spare keys you have purchased) by 6:00am on the day after your move-out date.
If you are counting on a friend to return your keys for you, please inform them of the above policies to avoid these additional charges against your security deposit.
As previously announced, UC Berkeley will become a Tobacco-Free campus effective January 1, 2014.
The Campus Tobacco-Free Berkeley Steering Committee, led by the Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), in partnership with the School of Public Health, University Health Services (UHS) and others, has developed a draft Tobacco-Free Campus Policy. We invite you to comment on the policy until September 30th. Some of the previously-received comments have asked us to explore establishing designated smoking areas and/or allow the use of e-cigarettes; however, in adhering to best practices, the systemwide mandate disallows these options.
The draft policy establishes no expectation or requirement that members of our community stop smoking; however, the campus strongly supports those ready to quit. The campus plans to ensure that tobacco users have access and referrals to a variety of cessation support services to help them be successful with their personal health goals. University Health Services (UHS) is offering students, faculty and staff a free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) starter pack for those who meet for a brief consultation with a tobacco cessation counselor, one-on-one cessation assistance to develop a quit plan, and free quit kits. Tobacco users are also encouraged to utilize the evidence-based quit resources, including free apps, text messaging, online programs, and the California Smokers' Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS). These resources and additional information are available at http://tobaccofree.berkeley.edu.
Thank you for your participation in making our campus a healthier environment.
Ron T. Coley
Associate Vice Chancellor
Business and Administrative Services