Your Safety

Safety Tips

Students and community members are encouraged to adopt the following street safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and walk with confidence.
  • Trust your instincts; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable get away as quickly as possible.
  • Travel in groups of two or more (the buddy system).
  • Let a roommate or friend know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Be aware of pickpocket situations, such as crowded areas like trains and buses.
  • Carry handbags on a short strap and close to the body. Carry wallets in a front pants pocket.
  • Avoid wearing headphones and using personal electronic devices.
  • Travel in well-lit, populated areas and avoid short cuts.
  • When traveling, plan your route in advance and do not carry large amounts of cash.
  • Consider using public transportation.
  • If a car approaches you and asks for directions, speak with the occupants from a safe distance no matter what.

For more information, read the University of Chicago’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report.

The UCPD has a full time Community Relations Unit available for safety presentations. To request a safety presentation, call 773.702.6008 or email