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 a solid commitment to give the community a voice regarding their safety with a true sense of security and belonging. The Princeton Department of Public Safety consists of over 110 professionally trained personnel who patrol the campus 24 hours a day to protect the rights, safety and security of members of the University community. 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 Personal Safety 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 9 pm-1 am, 7 days a week After 1:00 am 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 On-Campus Residents 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. Off-Campus Living 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. Car Safety 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 Transportation and Parking Services. Bike Safety 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! Fire Safety Visit the Fire Marshal section of this website for all your fire safety needs. UMatterNow UMatterNow has great information about alcohol, as well as mental distress and unwanted sexual encounters, that can help you intervene quickly and safely, including getting medical attention or stopping someone from drinking more. Check out UMatterNow and bookmark it on your smartphone!