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Security is a primary concern for the University of California and UC San Diego. Including physical security design in our long-range planning efforts and implementing building requirements for access control, public safety surveillance and segmenting vehicular and pedestrian traffic are critical to maintaining safety and increasing situational awareness. The campus maintains and operates both physical security infrastructure and associated enterprise security systems to meet the needs of our growing campus. Learn what UC San Diego is doing to enhance security and keep our community safe.

UC San Diego’s Physical Security Program

The UC San Diego Police Department is constantly enhancing the campus’ physical security design and systems to protect the 1,200+ acres, 900 buildings and more than 50,000 people on our campus each day. Through a centralized and unified approach, the department is working to more efficiently identify and respond to emergencies.

Security Design
UC San Diego’s 2018 Long Range Development Plan update includes development objectives that incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, a multidisciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely on the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts by affecting the built, social and administrative environment through surveillance, access control and territorial enforcement.

The Police Department, Campus Planning, Capital Program Management and Facilities Management collaborate to provide guidelines regarding the design of physical security elements and security systems during the early planning stages of new construction and renovation projects. Security design requirements include video surveillance, electronic access control, intrusion detection, duress and panic alarms, bollards and security barriers designed to reduce the ability, desire and opportunity to commite crimes.

ShotSpotter diagram

Gunshot Detection
In May 2017, the Police Department deployed ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection system. The ShotSpotter Gunfire Location, Alert and Analysis Service aims to enhance the Police Department’s ability to effectively respond to and investigate crimes involving gunfire. ShotSpotter Secure Campus technology uses sensors and cloud-based software to pinpoint gunshots and notify authorities. Sensors capture data and send a recorded audio file to the company’s incident-review centers. Acoustic experts review the data and add information, such as whether it was multiple shooters or a high-capacity weapon. Within seconds, ShotSpotter sends an alert containing map and location information to emergency dispatch and other authorities. This real-time communication can help save lives. Investigators can replay ShotSpotter incidents to hear the actual gunshot(s), which can help with evidence collection at crime scenes and aid in the investigation and prosecution of crimes. In the event of an active shooter incident, law enforcement agencies can use the system to help responding officers locate the suspect(s).

Eleanor Roosevelt College campus housing at night
Outdoor Lighting
Each fall, the Police Department and CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center conduct systematic lighting survey walks across campus to identify potential hazards and areas of concern. Stakeholders from several campus groups participate to assess exterior lighting levels and to enhance community safety. Facilities Management maintains and upgrades all campus light fixtures in addition to responding to customer repair requests.

Facilities Management has a dedicated team of eight lighting and re-lamping electricians and maintenance workers who maintain and upgrade all campus light fixtures, in addition to responding to customer repair requests. The team recently conducted a campus-wide survey and repaired 147 existing light fixtures.

Resource Management & Planning funded several new exterior lighting installations throughout campus to replace older fixtures with LEDs, the new campus standard. White light from LEDs provides greater nighttime visibility for pedestrians and improves imaging capabilities for campus security cameras. The lighting team installed many new LED fixtures on the upper campus and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is converting more than 100 exterior Low Pressure Sodium fixtures to LED throughout campus.

If you see a burned out bulb or broken light fixture, you can submit an Online Work Request or call the Facilities Management Customer Relations help desk, (858) 534-2930.

For more information, see UC San Diego’s Outdoor Lighting Policy.

emergency phone tower

Emergency Phone Towers
The campus installed 50 nine-foot tall Triton blue emergency phone broadcast towers near pedestrian walkways, parking lots and in remote locations. An illuminated blue LED light mounted on top provides high visibility. Towers feature a dual button configuration: the EMERGENCY button directly dials the campus police Dispatch Center as a 911-priority call; the HELP button dials various non-emergency centers to provide general assistance. A recent system upgrade converted most of the towers to solar power, cellular communication and installed broadcast capability so the emergency phones now double as emergency broadcast towers that integrated with the Triton Alert notification system while reducing power consumption and infrastructure costs. See a list of tower locations or view them at Emergency and Broadcast Towers/Emergency Phones.

Triton Alert

Environment, Health & Safety’s Division of Emergency Management & Business Continuity (EM&BC) maintains Triton Alert, the campus’ emergency notification system. This system sends an emergency notification to all email addresses in the event of an emergency. Campus community members can also add a mobile phone number to receive a text as well as an email notification.

The campus is currently implementing a new vendor, Everbridge, to optimize emergency message delivery. The Everbridge system will provide methods to deliver a Triton Alert in addition to other features that help us deliver a message in as timely a manner as possible. One of the features is the ability to confirm that a contact has received a Triton Alert. This confirmation will appear as a link on both texts and emails. Emails will have the sender as Triton Alert and the address from, texts will come from the number 893-61. Confirming that a contact has received a Triton Alert will allow the system to stop sending that alert to the contact’s other delivery options to speed up delivery to the next contact in the queue. If a person does not confirm receipt of the message, the system will send the message to all the devices in the contact’s profile.

Triton Alert also sends notifications on Twitter and posts information on Facebook. Follow UC San Diego Triton Alert on Twitter @UCSDTritonAlert and Facebook.

More about Triton Alert

Campus Lifeguard Services
Scripps lifeguard station

UC San Diego has contracted with the City of San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) to provide lifeguard services for our campus-owned beaches. The original contract started in 1972 and was reinstated in 2011. UC San Diego contracts with the City of San Diego because it has the right equipment and well-trained staff to provide the fastest and most effective responses, which range from painful encounters with stingrays to performing complex helicopter extractions from 300-foot sheer cliffs.

All full-time San Diego lifeguards are qualified Emergency Medical Technicians and many are also peace officers who enforce beach regulations through citations and arrests. When necessary, they may call on UC Police for assistance. Lifeguards patrol Scripps and Black’s beaches on foot and by truck, personal watercraft and rescue boats and they Increase staffing during dangerous conditions, like large surf, rip tides and overcrowding.

Lifeguards at UC San Diego beaches respond to as many as 100 rescues and medical aid calls per year. Their rescue efforts include aiding distressed swimmers, stranded marine animals, boat wrecks and hikers on unstable and falling cliffs.

To ensure your own safety, see Black’s Beach: Access and Safety.


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