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Nixle emergency messaging keeps campus safe

This spring, the University of California Police Department launched its relationship with Nixle, an emergency messaging system that allows police to send emergency alerts to the Berkeley community.

Nixle enables students, parents, faculty, staff and anyone else to register to receive alerts from UCPD. Registration is automatic for students and allows them to get real-time updates during developing emergencies.

Parents can register for free online at to ensure that they get the same messages their students receive.

Though the service keeps students and parents informed of crimes and other emergencies happening on or near campus, violent crime rates are going down at Berkeley. The number of violent crimes on campus reported in 2015 was the lowest it has been since 2007.

That’s likely due to a bevy of modernized law enforcement techniques in addition to the Nixle service. UCPD uses a proactive approach to crime reduction, including a combination of directed enforcement, both high-visibility and plainclothes patrols, safety outreach efforts and reallocation of resources based on crime trends and analysis. The department also works collaboratively with the Berkeley Police Department to help investigate crime occurring both on and off campus.

While the campus is becoming safer, UCPD has some tips for students to stay vigilant and out of harm’s way.

• From dusk until 3 a.m., seven days a week, you can access BearWalk to ask for a safe way home, and to see a live map of night safety buses and where they are relative to your location. Call BearWalk at (510) 642-WALK (9255).

• In case of an emergency, use the “blue light” telephone stations located around campus. These can be used to notify UCPD that assistance is needed.

• Don’t use your phone, earbuds or electronics while walking. Offer to walk in groups and be alert to the safety of your neighbors.

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