Walking Safety

Walking alone at night can be very risky - it is always wisest to either walk with a friend or take transportation such as Shuttles or Saferide. If you do find yourself walking at night, here are some tips to stay safe.

Blue Lights

Blue light

Northwestern and the City have an extensive system of illuminated blue-light telephones that will immediately get a hold of the Police in the event of an emergency. You can download an Evanston or Chicago campus map of the blue lights.


Evanston maintains street lights throughout the city. If you see one that is out of order or obstructed by trees or other obstacles, call the City's 311 system (just dial 311; or 847-448-4311) to help keep the neighborhood safe.

Safety Tips

University Police have provided the following tips:
  • Always remember, you can become a victim of crime anytime.
  • Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings wherever you are. Be aware and prepared.
  • Stand tall and walk confidently.
  • Make brief eye contact with passersby and keep a firm grip on your property.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and get help if necessary.