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Safety & Security

Safety & Security

While The Department of Public Safety is responsible for safety and security on campus, we cannot do it alone. Safety at Princeton is a partnership between our officers and our community. The University has even formed The Public Safety Community Advisory Committee to give the community a voice in regards to their safety. In this section, you will find ample resources and information about how to stay safe on campus, in the surrounding community, and in real life situations.

Tips to Stay Safe

  • Avoid walking alone or appearing distracted by wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone.
  • Learn the best routes between your residence hall, classes, and activities. Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
  • Share your class schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system. It is always a good idea to use the buddy system or travel in groups of two or more.
  • When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Do not carry your passport, banking information or family details in your handbag, wallet, vehicle, mobile phone or laptop.
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
  • At night try to walk or run in well-lit, regularly traveled pathways.
  • Wherever you are, stay alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you.
  • Use Tiger Transit after dark. After the shuttle buses have stopped running, call Parking and Transportation Services at 8-RIDE  (8-7433) for a ride.  Their on-demand service is available from 9pm-1am, 7 days a week  After 1:00am call Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 if you would like an escort home.
  • Report suspicious behavior, vehicles or activities to the Department of Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 or by using any Blue Light Emergency Phone located throughout campus.
  • Never take drinks from other people and don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Take your time getting to know your companion or “date.” Don't spend time alone with someone who makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This means following your instincts and removing yourself fr
  • Always keep your doors locked, whether you will only be gone for a few minutes or you are sleeping.

  • Ensure your window has a proper lock. If you have a broken lock, notify Facilities Customer Service at (609) 258-8000.

  • Never prop your door open.

  • Never tape your lock closed.

  • Don’t loan out your access card to friends.

  • Don’t let someone without an ID follow you into a locked building.

  • Smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, and carbon monoxide detectors must not be covered or blocked. Don’t hang anything from sprinkler heads.

  • Report any lights out or hazardous walking conditions (i.e. icy walkways) to Facilities  Customer Service at (609) 258-8000.

  • Observe all Housing Policies & Procedures.

  • Advise all guests to observe the University Rights, Rules & Responsibilities.

  • Register electronic property with OIT at (609) 258-4357.

 

  • Report suspicious behavior, vehicles or activities to the Department of Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 or by using any Blue Light Emergency Phone located throughout campus.

  • Consider installing a security alarm system.
  • Ensure you have proper locks on both windows and doors.
  • Review your exterior doors and consider installing a dead-bolt lock.
  • Always keep your doors locked, whether you are at home or not.
  • Illuminate the exterior of your home, especially by entrances.
  • Consider having exterior and interior lights on a timer.
  • If going on a vacation ask a neighbor to collect your mail or consider the post office holding it.
  • Never leave a spare key in accessible locations.
  • Never open the door to a stranger, ask to see their identification.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police.
  • Park close to any building you will be entering and/or choose a well-lit area that is heavily traveled.
  • Exercise caution when entering or leaving your car, especially in parking lots and garages.
  • Keep windows up and doors locked.
  • Do not leave property unattended and in plain sight on your seat, keep valuable items locked in your trunk.
  • Do not mark your key chain with your name, address, and license number. Lost keys can lead a thief to your car.
  • A reminder: Parking on campus is restricted. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and/or could be towed.
  • Never leave your vehicle running when unattended.
  • Keep spare keys in your wallet or purse, not inside the vehicle where a thief can easily find them.
  • Write down your vehicle identification number (VIN), registration plate number, and title certificate number and keep them in a safe place.
  • For more information about parking on campus, registering your vehicle or obtaining a parking permit please visit the Transportation and Parking Services website: http://www.princeton.edu/transportation/
  • Use a good U-lock to lock your bicycle. U-Locks are available for purchase at the Office of Transportation and Parking Services in New South.
  • Always lock your bicycle! Bicycles should be locked to a fixed object and never lock it to itself. DO NOT secure bicycles to benches, light posts, trees, chains/post borders, handrails, or bus shelters.
  • If you leave your bicycle outside, choose a well-lit, heavily traveled location.
  • Register your bicycle with the Office of Transportation and Parking services online. Bike registration is free and is an excellent way to further secure your property against theft. Stolen Bicycles that are registered have a much higher “find” rate than non-registered bikes. Registration is required for bicycles on campus.
  • Find out if your bicycle is covered under your parents' insurance policy. If not, it would be advisable to insure it.
  • Always wear a helmet. Protect the investment - YOU!

 

Please refer to our Bike Safety Pamphlet

 

Other Resources:

StandBy - Mobile Site

StandBy is a mobile site containing tools to help you assess situations with various scenarios, a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Calculator, calendar of events happening on campus, and numbers you can call to get help. "StandBy" turns the phrase "bystander" on its head. We don't want students standing by and doing nothing if their peers need help.  This mobile site was developed by the Alcohol Coalition Committee (ACC), SHARE, and OIT.

 

Check out StandBy and bookmark it on your smartphone!

Providing fair, just, and unbiased services

‘Community Caretaking’ remains at the heart of the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ethos, where service and guidance are emphasized over enforcement. The Public Safety Community Advisory Committee (PSCAC) was created to ensure DPS is meeting the needs of the community it serves, by providing fair, just, and unbiased services. Comprising of students, faculty, and staff representatives, the PSCAC was formed in the Fall of 2020, with a mandate to meet regularly.

 

Advising on the implementation of transparency tools and best practices in the profession, the PSCAC advocates for research in new and evolved practices for DPS to better serve its community.

Membership

The committee consists of twelve members, three representatives each from among faculty, University staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Three members of the Department of Public Safety also staff the committee. Faculty and Staff members of the committee are appointed to three-year terms. Students are appointed to two-year terms.

 

Inaugural co-chairs are Laurence Ralph, a professor of anthropology who has focused his research on police violence against Black and Brown people, and LaTanya Buck, Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life.

PSCAC Board Members

LaTanya Buck

LaTanya N. Buck, PhD

Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the VP for Campus Life

Dean Buck is a member of the campus life leadership team. She is responsible for providing a vision and integrated programs for diversity, equity and inclusion to enhance campus life mission and goals, as well as to contribute to the achievement of the University's diversity goals. Dean Buck leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion-Campus Life, which houses the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding and the Gender + Sexuality Resource Center. She is a member of the campus-wide Senior Diversity Practitioners Group and is one of the several administrators who receive and respond to reports of bias. Additionally, she oversees the university-wide Campus Conversations on Identities initiative.  

Jonathan Pastor

Jonathan Pastor, Psy. D. 

Counseling and Psychological Services 

Jonathan Pastor is the Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, and oversees all clinical mental health services for Princeton students.  Jonathan leads the TIGERSPAW multidisciplinary team, which provides holistic mental health care for Princeton Student-Athletes, and leads the UHS Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Team.  In addition to these areas, he also specializes in crisis intervention, the treatment of mood disorders and sleep disorders, and motivational interviewing to inspire health-related change.  Jonathan is committed to expanding Princeton’s diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives in the realm of mental health, for underserved and underrepresented groups on campus.  

Darleny Cepin

Dr. Darleny Cepin

ODUS, Director of Student Life, Mathey College 

Dr. Cepin serves as the Director of Student Life (DSL) for Mathey College. In this capacity, she is the primary staff member within the residential college responsible for supporting and enhancing the undergraduate residential and co-curricular experience of students from all four years.

Eva Rosen

Eva Rosen

Department of Public Safety 

Eva Rosen has been at Princeton University since 1999 as an administrator in several departments including the Office of Information Technology, University Health Services and the Office of Alumni Affairs, and joined the Department of Public Safety as the Financial Analyst in November, 2014. Prior to working at Princeton University, Eva was a Commodity Broker and Trader for Arcal at Commodities Corporation, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs and at Trading Communications Inc. in New York City. Eva holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and has completed The Management Development Certificate Program (MDCP) at Princeton. Eva is also a New Jersey State Police Security Officer. 

Sean Ryder

Sean Ryder

Department of Public Safety

Sean is the Sergeant for Community Relations with Princeton University’s Department of Public Safety and is a Princeton Athletics Fellow with the men's swimming and diving team. A former British police officer, who served in inner-city and rural environments in England, Sean leads DPS’s Community Partnership Initiative, a program that connects officers and students through mutual interests. Sitting as an advisor to the Public Safety Community Advisory Committee, Sean welcomes any, and all dialogue that supports a transparent and inclusive society.  

Committee Goals

Providing advice and feedback on policies, programs, initiatives, data collection, and other aspects of the ways that DPS carries out its community caretaking mission.

Recommending new policies and programs, in light of community needs, transparency, and best practices in the profession.

Providing an annual report to the University's Executive Vice President and to the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety.

Enhancing communication between the community and the department.

Assisting DPS in understanding the safety and security needs and concerns of the campus community.

Reviewing the original charge of the committee and suggest any additional areas of focus.

Contacting the Committee

Members of the community who wish to contact the committee should send emails to PSCAC@princeton.edu.

 

The DPS website also contains information and forms to file a complaint against an officer - including anonymously - to compliment an officer, to review data about Internal Affairs Investigations, as well as Clery crime and fire data.