Everyday Safety

Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t leave valuables out for someone to take. Use common sense. By following some simple guidelines, you can help keep yourself — and your possessions — safe.

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Get Tips from University Police

UB’s University Police offers a comprehensive list of safety tips for students. We encourage you to visit their site and follow their advice.

Residential Safety

Whether you’re in the residence halls, a campus apartment or living off campus, there are steps you can take to prevent crime in and around your home.

Prevent Break-Ins and Theft

  • Lock your doors and windows when you are asleep or when you go out
  • Secure window air conditioners so they cannot be pushed in from outside, allowing someone access to break in
  • If you're in an apartment or house, leave an outside light on from dusk until dawn

Don’t Let Strangers In

  • Have utility repair people and others show their ID
  • If you host a party, don’t let strangers in; just because someone is wearing a UB hoodie, doesn’t mean he or she is a UB student

Enjoy the Safety of Friends, Family and Neighbors

  • Avoid walking or running alone, particularly after dark; if you’re going to a party or bar, go with friends and come home with friends
  • Join your neighborhood watch group if you have one
  • Get to know your neighbors and have them watch your room, apartment or house if you go out of town (and call police if they see anyone there)
  • If you are going away, let a friend or family member know how long you will be gone
  • Remember, even if you’re living off campus, you still have access to all of the student services at UB

Protect Your Electronic Devices

Are your passwords safe? Do you know how to safeguard your laptop, smartphone or tablet from theft? Visit the UBIT website and learn how to keep all of your devices safe and secure.

Working Off Campus

If you’re working, researching or interning at an off-campus location, make sure you know the safety and security measures you should follow. Many job sites have a security office or public safety department that can help answer your questions about preventing crime. Ask your supervisor if you have any concerns about your safety getting to or from your job, or while you’re at work.

Need Help?

On-campus emergencies and crime prevention, 24/7

Bissell Hall, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-2222

Buffalo Police
E District/University Heights 716-851-4416

Amherst Police
716-689-1322

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