Safety in the City

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!

TIPS:

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.

TRICKS:

  • 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!

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