The Ultimate Founders Guide to Safety in NYC
While NYU students are statistically safer than the average NYC resident (who is safer than the average large-city-in-the-US resident), it’s still important to know the tips and tricks of city-safety!
First and foremost, don’t forget NYU Public Safety is ALWAYS available to you! In addition to the officers that can always be found 24-hours a day in ‘green light’ buildings, Public Safety can be reached anytime at 212-998-2222.
Out late and don’t feel comfortable walking home? Call NYU Safe Ride! Safe Ride provides free transportation between residence halls and main campus buildings from midnight to 6:30am. Contact Safe Ride at 212-992-VANS or at the Campus Transportation number listed on the back of your NYU Card!
In addition, keep an eye out for Emergency Call boxes. They’re located throughout main campus.
- Travel in groups of two or more (the buddy system).
- Walk on the street side (not building side) of sidewalks.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Walk with confidence.
- Avoid traveling on lonely streets.
- Be wary of people striking up a conversation with you in Washington Square Park or on the street.
- Use ATM machines during daylight hours.
- Figure out how to get where you’re going before you leave.
- Keep emergency cash on you for cab fare, etc.
- Only take yellow cabs (not the black ones!).
- Don’t leave your drink unattended at parties.
- Trust your instincts! You know what’s up.
Finally, don’t forget to check out RA Stephen’s Self Defense Workshop! Time and location TBD!
For more information, go to www.nyu.edu/public.safety/safety/tips.html or talk to your RA!