Street Smarts

Whether you are in New York City, a global site, or another destination, you should always be alert and watch your valuables. The University is committed to the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff and maintains a security presence in New York and at each global site, but you still have to watch your valuables. Unattended property thefts are the most common crimes which occur. Keeping tabs on your phone, laptop, backpack, and bicycle goes a long way to minimize those crimes from occurring.

Below are some tips on how to be secure in and around campus.

  • Know the Public Safety emergency telephone number. In New York City, the number is 212.998.2222.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and of suspicious persons or activities.
  • Always keep bags and backpacks closed. Avoid hanging your bag on the back of a chair.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street or go into a store. In New York look for NYU Green Light buildings or a business with an NYU Safe Haven decal on the window.
  • When using headphones, keep the volume at a level that you can hear sounds around you.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money or displaying money in public.
  • Walk on well-lit and well traveled streets and avoid “short cuts”.
  • In congested environments – buses, lines, subways – be aware of potential pick pockets and scams.
  • For emergency information at other sites around NYU’s global network, contact the site director.

Additional resources:

NYU crime prevention webpage: click here

NYPD crime prevention webpage: click here

National Crime Prevention Council webpage: click here