Many visitors to the United States are concerned about public safety and certain precautions should be taken. It is usually a good idea to ask a local for advice about which areas are safe and which areas you should avoid.

Here are a few pieces of advice to keep you safe in Los Angeles:

  • You should not walk alone at night, even on campus
  • When traveling, you are not advised to carry large sums of money or valuables
  • You should not hitchhike or pick-up hitchhikers
  • You should only accept rides in taxis or with people you know
  • You should familiarize yourself with the campus security office and their services


UCLA is committed to keeping you safe and the UCLA Police Department provides many services and information so that you know what is going on at the University and so you know how to keep yourself safe both on campus and in Los Angeles.

Campus Walking Escorts

Escorts are available FREEof charge to walk with students, faculty, staff or visitors 365 days a year from dusk (between 5 PM – 8 PM depending on the time of year) until 1 AM between campus buildings, local residential areas or Westwood Village within the approximate boundaries of Sunset Boulevard to the north, Hilgard Avenue to the east, Wilshire Boulevard to the South, and Veteran Boulevard to the west.

Here's how it works:
  • 15 minutes before you need to leave, call (310) 794-WALK (3855).
    You will be connected to a police dispatcher who will ask you:
    1. Where you are
    2. Where you need to go
    3. Your Name and a Call-Back Number
Evening Van Service

The CSO (Community Service Officer) Evening Van Service route includes 26 pre-designated pick-up and drop-off spots on campus and in the area just west of the campus. The vans run approximately every 15 minutes and the CSO van is equipped with air conditioning and wheelchair lifts. The service is FREEof charge and is available to all UCLA students, staff, faculty and visitors. No reservations are needed for this service.

Major Stops
  • Ackerman Union
  • Bunche Hall
  • Residence Halls
  • Village Apartments

Please see the Van Route for all stops: https://ucla.app.box.com/eveningvan.
The Evening Van Service is available Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 6 PM until 11 PM.


Please remember to dial 9-1-1 ONLYfor emergency situations. Emergency calls are those where there is a potential threat to life, such as a serious medical problem (chest pain, seizure, bleeding), any type of fire (business, car, building), or any other life-threatening situations (automobile accidents, flights, person with weapons, etc).

Reporting a Crime

You are also asked to call 9-1-1 to report crimes in progress, whether or not a life is threatened. Even cell phones without service will allow you to call 9-1-1. As long as you are not in danger, do not leave the location of the crime, you need to stay so that the police can ask you questions and you can make a statement about what happened.

Example:if you witness a car accident, do not leave the scene; stay there until the Police arrive so they can gather more information about the incident.

Non-Emergency Situations

To report non-emergency situations, such as suspicious behavior or lost documents, call the UC Police Department at (310) 825- 1491. We highly recommend that you put this phone number in your cell phone so you always have it available, in case you ever need it.


The police are here to help you and should always be treated with respect and in turn, they should also be treating you with respect. Comply with all requests that are asked of you and follow the Police Officer’s directions.

Getting Pulled Over

If you are driving a car and you are ever pulled over by the police, DO NOTget out of your car unless you are told to do so. You are expected to stay in your car and the police officer will approach your car, do not approach the police car, this can be seen as a hostile action toward the police officer. Also, always keep your hands where the police officer can see them.

Receiving a Ticket

If an officer issues a ticket or citation, do not argue with them. You must sign the ticket. This is not an admission of guilt. The purpose of signing the ticket is you acknowledge you were given the ticket. If you feel the ticket is wrong, check "Not Guilty" and mail the ticket in. You will have a chance to argue your case in court. Arguing with a police officer will only make the situation worse.

Receiving a Ticket

Bribing police officers is highly illegal in the United States, do not attempt to do this.

UCLA Evening Van Service

UCLA Walking Escorts
(310) 794-3855

UCLA Police Department
(310) 825-1491

LA Police Department