Family Housing for UC Berkeley  

 

Safety and Security

                

 

Emergency Phone Numbers

  • Emergencies (Police, Fire, or Medical): 911
    If you are using a cell phone, call 510-642-3333.
  • University of California Police Department (non-emergencies): 642-6760
  • Albany Police Department: 525-7300
  • Albany Fire Department: 528-5770

Fire Safety

A smoke/heat alarm (one unit) is located in each apartment.

The SMOKE ALARM sounds only in your apartment.

  • If it is too sensitive and goes off often, DO NOT UNHOOK IT. If unhooked, all fire detectors are turned off in the whole building. There will be a fee for any unhooked smoke detectors.
  • Call the Village Office if it needs adjustment.
  • If the batteries need to be replaced call the Village Office and Maintenance will replace them. Village maintenance workers are the only ones allowed to replace the smoke/heat detector batteries.
  • If you remove your detector or it is tampered with, you will be charged by the Village Office for all repair costs.
  • SMOKE ALARMS ARE THE FIRST DEFENSE AGAINST FIRE AND ARE ESSENTIAL TO YOUR SAFETY.

The HEAT ALARM is connected to one audible alarm outside your building and automatically calls the Fire Department. It is triggered when the heat in your apartment reaches abnormal levels.

  • If you hear an alarm investigate. DO NOT IGNORE AN ALARM EVEN IF IT IS THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. These are essential warning signals for your safety.
  • Fire extinguishers are located on the outside of each building. Check to make sure that you know where your closest extinguisher is and how to operate it.
  • Should you discover a fire, evacuate all occupants and call 911 immediately.
  • Go to your nearest extinguisher, break the glass box, and use the extinguisher on the fire. Make sure to take something to break the glass.

IF YOU NOTICE A FIRE, ALWAYS CALL 911. NEVER ASSUME THE ALARM OR ANOTHER PERSON HAS ALREADY CALLED FOR HELP.

Emergency Preparation

Visit our Earthquake Preparedness Website to find out more about how to prepare yourself for a major earthquake.

Safety Tips

University Village is generally a very safe place, however, it is still important to be cautious. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • The majority of crimes committed in the Village are property theft, so always lock your doors, windows and patio sliding doors when you leave your house.
  • Always lock your car and never leave valuables within sight inside your car.
  • Invest in a high-quality lock for your bicycle.
  • If you have a valuable bike, keep it inside your apartment or storage closet if possible.
  • Do not allow young children to play alone in the courtyards. This is particularly important considering the traffic we have inside the Village - if a child runs out into the street, he or she could be hit by a car.
  • Teach older children to stay in groups and to avoid deserted areas such as the creek to the south of the Village.
  • Teach children emergency safety strategies and how and when to dial emergency phone numbers.
  • Make sure children know to dial the local emergency number from a cell phone, NOT 911. Our local emergency number is: 510-642-3333. (It would be a good idea to program this into your family cell phones.) Calls made from cell phones to 911 are routed through a region-wide network and take longer to get to the correct destination.
  • Also program the Albany Police Department's number, 510-525-7300, into your cell phones for emergencies in Albany (for example, while your child walks to school).
  • Consider enrolling children in the child safety RAD kids program or another community self-defense class.