Safety & Security
OverviewEvery resident is responsible for knowing and following residential safety and security procedures. Prior to moving onto campus, all new residents are required to complete the Wildcat Safety program. This program informs residents about a variety of topics including Northwestern's residential security system, fire safety, and personal safety tips. More information will be emailed to all residential students in September.
In addition, Northwestern University offers many programs designed to promote safety and security.
Blue Light Phones
University Blue Light emergency phones are located throughout both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Northwestern offers an interactive campus map, which indicates the location of all Blue Light phones with a symbol of the letter "P" inside a circle.
Our residential security program includes a combination of overnight lobby staffing by a team of Community Service Officers (CSOs) and/or Security Officers, video surveillance of residence hall lobbies and some unalarmed secondary doors, and alarms on secondary doors without video cameras. CSOs, a part of the University Police staff, are stationed at posts inside the majority of the residence halls.
The SafeRide program website provides a description of services and detailed pick-up location information (look for the location closest to your residential area) in both list and map formats. SafeRide also employs many student drivers and dispatchers.
How to Identify Your Belongings
Identifiable valuables are less attractive to thieves. Marking/engraving property with a unique number aids police in identifying and returning stolen property to the rightful owner. Record serial numbers, brand names, dates of purchase, and purchase price of your valuables. The Police will ask for this information in the event of theft or loss.
How to Register Your Bike
Register your bicycle on-line with University Police.
NU Shuttle System
Northwestern has an extensive shuttle system that provides free transportation around the Evanston campus and between the Chicago and Evanston campuses.
The University Police website has valuable information including campus crime statistics, how to register for free personal safety courses, and other services provided by the police department. It also provides an extensive list of safety and security tips.