Public Safety Operational Hours Update

We are currently open for in-person assistance Monday - Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM. If you have any questions please email us at

If you require immediate assistance, please contact Public Safety Dispatch at 415-422-4201 or

General Safety Tips

Practice these safety on the street techniques all year long to help keep yourself safe.

Safety Tips: 

  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. This involves being aware of people acting suspiciously. 
  • Don't wear headphones or earbuds that prevent you from hearing someone walking behind you. 
  • Be mindful of your environment when having your phone and other technology out while in open and public spaces - take care using cellphones and other technology while in public spaces. 
  • Walk with purpose and with your head up. 
  • Safety in numbers - walk with others, on populated streets. 
  • Keep valuables, jewelry, and electronics out of sight. 
  • Keep your bag close to your body. 
  • Walk in well-lit areas or carry a flashlight. 
  • When entering and exiting a vehicle, always be aware of what's taking place inside and around your vehicle. 
  • Ride Share Tips - Wait indoors while requesting your ride, check your surroundings, verify the license plate, look at the Driver, sit i the back seat, and always keep your personal information private. 
  • For those living on first and second floors of any residential dwelling, always keep your windows, patio doors and front/back doors locked when leaving your dwelling, and consider doing the same even when you are at home. 
  • Phone Scamming - Unless you know the number calling, do not answer (if it's important a voicemail will be left), don't call a number they gave you or the number from your caller ID, resist the pressure to act immediately. Anyone who pressures you to pay or give them your personal information could be a scammer. We encourage no communication (verbal, written, etc) if at all possible. 
  • Trust your intuition! If something feels weird, trust your gut and change the situation. 
  • If adventuring alone, we recommend leaving your plan/schedule with a friend/roommate who can check in on you.

Public Safety and Koret collaboratively offer classes for Women's Self Defense


Tips for Demonstrations & Protests

USF Public Safety's priority is ensuring you feel confident in your physical, emotional and mental safety.  We understand that this is important whether you are on campus, in the greater Bay Area, or anywhere in the world. In partnership with other offices on campus, our team has prepared this guide to provide USF and non-USF resources regarding demonstrations and protests.  

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Lost and Found

The Department of Public Safety operates the central lost and found center at USF. Items turned into the Department of Public Safety are logged and when possible, owners are contacted via USF email and phone numbers stored in the university system. Items are stored for a maximum of ONE MONTH. Any items not picked up after one month will be donated to local charities. To inquire if your lost item has been turned in, please contact the Department of Public Safety by calling 415-422-4222, emailing, or stopping by the Public Safety Main Office on the UC 5th Floor. 

Helpful Organizations

SF SAFE - San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone

City and County of San Francisco

America Red Cross Bay Area

SF Department of Public Health

RAD (Rape Aggression Defense Systems) (Public Transit Planner, Ridesharing, etc.)

SF Rideshare Match
(415) 355-3727

SFMuni (San Francisco Transportation System)

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

Zipcar @ USF (Carsharing Program)
(415) 495-7478