Personal Safety

Although San Francisco is one of the safer cities in the U.S., you still want to be careful. Below are some safety tips.

  1. Avoid walking alone at night. If you have to walk alone, try to walk in well-lit areas, pay attention to your surroundings, and act like you know where you are going.
  2. If you are on the UCSF Parnassus campus at night, go to the entrance of Moffit Hospital if you feel afraid. An emergency night shuttle service will take you where you need to go within a one-mile radius. Please check with your host department to find out about night shuttles on other campuses.
  3. Do not leave your belongings (backpacks, purses, money, laptops) unattended. Keep office doors and desks locked when not present.
  4. Make a list of emergency telephone numbers like the ones below, and keep them available at work.

Emergency: 9+911 (from any campus phone)
Non-Emergency: 415/476-1414
Watch Commander: 415/476-8902
Security: Security service phone numbers and locations

Mission Center Station - Office of Public Safety
1855 Folsom St., Suite 145
San Francisco, CA 94143-0238
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tel: (415) 476-8871 - Fax: (415) 476-8205 - 24 hours: (415) 476-1414

Parnassus Substation
500 Parnassus Ave.
Millberry Union, G Level, Room 18
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(After hours phone automatically dials 24 hour number)

Mission Bay Substation
1700 Fourth Street (Temporary Building)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(After hours phone automatically dials 24 hour number)

UCSF Emergency Preparedness Plans
Major earthquakes, fires, terrorism, and other disasters are rare, but it is important to be prepared. The UCSF Police Department has an emergency preparedness program with safety plans that you can download from the website below. You can also visit them to get free pamphlets and emergency information cards.