Street Smarts

Whether you are in New York City, at a global academic center, or visiting another destination; you should always remain vigilant and practice personal safety techniques. New York University is committed to the safety of all NYU community members and maintains a security presence in New York, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, and at each global academic center. Remaining alert and aware of your surroundings is important in reducing the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

Theft of unattended property is the most commonly reported crime at NYU. These crimes of opportunity can be minimized by safeguarding your property. Do not leave your phone, laptop, backpack, or other valuables unsecured and properly lock your bicycle to minimize the potential for these crimes to occur.

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

  • If you are in the United States and experience an emergency where you need immediate assistance, dial 911. NYU Department of Public Safety is available 24/7 in New York City, the number is 212.998.2222.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for suspicious persons or activities.
  • Always keep bags and backpacks zippered and closed. Avoid placing bags outside of your direct line of vision by hanging your bag on the back of a chair or keeping your backpack on in a crowded subway.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street and go into a store. In New York City look for NYU Green Light buildings or businesses with a NYU Safe Haven decal on the window.
  • When using headphones, keep the volume low so that you can hear if someone is approaching you.
  • Avoid carrying large sums of money and displaying money in public.
  • Walk on well-lit and well-traveled streets. Do not sacrifice your safety by traveling an unconventional route for a short cut to your destination.
  • In congested environments – buses, crowded streets, 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