University Police

Personal Safety

Reporting a crime

In emergency, call 911.

If you are a victim or a witness of a crime, report it to the University Police Department as soon as possible either in person or by calling 831-655-0268.

Community members may provide tips regarding crimes anonymously either by calling 831-582-4747 or online.


Call 831-655-0268 to request a Night Walk.

The Night Walk Service provides escorts between main campus locations to anyone regardless of their affiliation with CSUMB. Escorts will be provided on foot and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is provided by CSO's Monday through Friday evenings from 5pm to midnight during the fall and spring semesters, and police officers during the times CSO's are not staffed.

Crime prevention and safety resources

Everyday tips

If you would like additional crime prevention information, please contact the University Police Department (831) 655-0268.

Personal Safety

Includes everyday living, walking around campus, and walking, jogging, and running safety tips.

Everyday living

  • Take a self-defense course. If female, see if a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course is currently being offered.
  • Keep emergency numbers programmed in your phone.
  • Lock all doors and windows every time you leave your room or home, even if you plan to be gone for just a minute.
  • Keep house and car keys on separate rings.
  • Do not lend your keys to service/maintenance people you do not know well.
  • Always ask service/maintenance people to identify themselves before allowing them to enter your room or home.
  • Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other.
  • Do not keep large sums of money, jewelry, or valuable items in plain view in your room or home.
  • When out of town, set radios, lights and televisions on timers.
  • If you are living off campus, leave spare keys with trusted neighbors, not under a doormat or in a flower planter.
  • try to avoid entering elevators occupied by strangers. If you are waiting for an elevator with a stranger, stand away from the door to avoid being pushed inside. Get off on the next floor if you feel uneasy. Hit the alarm button if you are accosted on an elevator.
  • Please report any broken or malfunctioning locks to the facilities department.

Walking around campus

  • Use the campus Night Walk or shuttle services at night. Night Walk 831-582-3573
  • Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets.
  • Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends, and give them your telephone numbers.
  • At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or shortcuts through isolated areas.
  • Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
  • Know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus and learn how to use them.
  • If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business or home; knock on the door, and request that someone call the Police. Note the description of the person following you.
  • Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential concealment.
  • Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it; carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or your front pant pocket.
  • Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
  • Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that restrict your movements.
  • Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
  • If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.

Safe walking, jogging or running

  • Plan your route in advance and walk/jog/run in familiar areas.
  • Go with a known companion if possible.
  • Carry identification.
  • Don’t wear jewelry or carry cash.
  • Avoid secluded or dimly lighted areas.
  • Avoid going after dark.
  • Always face traffic.
  • If you’re being followed, cross the street or change directions; keep looking back and get a good description of the person.
  • If you’re still being followed, go to the nearest house or business and call the Police.
  • Wear bright colors to improve your visibility.
  • Change your route and schedule.
  • Avoid bushes where a person could hide.
  • Take a key with you; do not leave your house or room unlocked.
  • Carry your cell phone, a whistle or shrill alarm to summon help.
  • Do not wear headphones/earphones for an iPod, walkman, etc.