What you can do
Follow Basic Safety Tips
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and go immediately to an area with lights and people. Call the police if something seems odd.
- Lock your doors, even if you are in the room.
- Do not allow people to follow you into secure locations. Request that a “tailgater” use his or her key or swipe card to gain entry.
- Report any unusual or suspicious activity you witness. Even the smallest bit of information could prevent a crime and help protect yourself or others.
- Use well-lit, high-traffic routes when walking on campus, and do not walk alone at night. Use SafeWalks or SafeRides instead.
- Stay aware of your surroundings. Listening to music or using your phone can distract you from people or vehicles around you.
- Do not display valuables openly, and be cautious around ATMs.
Sign Up for Illini-Alert
Illini-Alert is used for incidents that present an imminent threat to life, health or safety to the general campus population. These messages provide emergency information and instructions for personal protective actions. Illini-Alert sends email and text messages, posts to Facebook and Twitter and triggers the Emergency Web Alert System for university websites.
Sign up for Illini-Alert texts.
Prepare for an Emergency
Emergencies can happen anywhere at anytime. Take a minute to prepare for a situation where your safety could depend on your ability to respond quickly. See safety strategies under Run > Hide > Fight.
Take SafeWalks & SafeRides
SafeWalks is a free service provided by students which offers walking safety escorts at night throughout the year. To call SafeWalks or download the mobile app, visit SafeWalks & SafeRides.
Watch Out for Scams
Phone and internet scams are common no matter where you are. Be aware of how to identify scams and what to do if you encounter one.
Attend Safety Programs
The Police Department offers programs that teach personal safety strategies, from active threat training to bicycle and pedestrian safety. For a complete list, see Safety Classes & Programs.
Talk to a Safety Expert
Need to talk to an expert about a safety situation? For a directory of professionals who can help with a unique incident or question, see Safety Experts.
Register Your Bicycle
Get an edge on thieves by registering your bicycle for easier identification and recovery if stolen. For more information, see Register Your Bicycle.
Review the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Every year, the Police Department publishes the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which includes key information on crime statistics and safety resources available to the campus community. Read the report.
Report Suspicious Activity
The police rely on the active participation of community members to look out for yourselves and each other. To report suspicious activity or a crime, see Report a Crime or Submit a Tip.
International student and scholar safety
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is fortunate to have a diverse community of students and scholars from all over the world. Many of our international students and scholars face unique safety challenges while they are here on campus, and we are here to help you navigate those as best we can. Get answers to common questions we receive.
Safety services on campus
Around-the-Clock Police Force
Our department operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We provide patrol, investigation, specialized and emergency response, as well as crime prevention and educational services. We enjoy a strong working relationship with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. In 2017, the police department was recertified as an ILEAP Tier II agency (the highest level of accreditation). This accreditation provides a promise to our community that we meet certain law enforcement standards. Read more about UIPD.
Student Patrol officers are students employed and trained by University of Illinois Police. Student Patrol provides an additional patrol presence during the evening and early morning hours. They carry police radios and can notify the police should they see anything suspicious. Student Patrol officers have been instrumental in preventing numerous criminal acts and apprehending offenders in crimes such as armed robbery and burglary. They also provide walking escorts called SafeWalks, courtesy warnings for loud party complaints, extra pedestrian control for athletic and other special events and extra security details. Learn how to become a Student Patrol officer.
Mental health crisis intervention
You are not alone. Crisis Intervention Team officers are available and wanting to assist if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know is in imminent danger of suicide, call 911 immediately. Similarly, if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 911 and an officer will be dispatched to help you through it and offer additional resources. Learn more about our Crisis Intervention Team.
The Campus Lighting Committee is an important component of our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment, underscoring our commitment to the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the public. The committee is responsible for determining areas where supplemental lighting will enhance security and safety, developing recommendations for the placement of lighting and emergency telephones, and studying the campus’ long-term needs related to upgraded security lighting policies and practices.
Blue emergency phones are located in all campus buildings, parking garages, in many bus shelters, and in lighted emergency kiosks along streets and walkways. The phones are connected directly to the University Police Department and are monitored 24/7, including all holidays. Use the phones to request help, report a crime in progress, report suspicious activities, request an escort, or for any other emergency. Press the button on the phone, and an on-duty staff person will ask you to explain your situation and will send the appropriate help. See the map of emergency phones.
The university maintains an impressive security network with more than 1,800 cameras on campus grounds. Footage from these cameras has been valuable in solving dozens of cases each year, but more importantly, they serve as a deterrent to criminals. The University Police Department intends to continue expanding this network on campus and onto public property in non-campus areas frequently used by students.
Campus Safety Notices
The University Police Department issues Campus Safety Notices by email to all students, faculty and staff when a serious crime or series of crimes in the core campus poses a continuing risk. Campus Safety Notices may be issued for Clery Act crimes such as murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and arson. This email also provides a links to safety resources and the University Police Department website for more information.
See Campus Safety Notices.
Targeted Response Unit
The University of Illinois Police Department’s Targeted Response Unit uses intelligence and investigative techniques to identify and apprehend individuals involved in drugs, firearms or other kinds of criminal activity. The unit’s focus is not on low-level offenses, but rather on stopping those who are more likely to be responsible for violent crime.
In addition to the overall department’s commitment to preventing crime as part of policing efforts, the department supports a crime prevention unit with sworn staff holding an increased level of expertise and training. This unit supports the overall department’s efforts in crime prevention, including coordinating presentations and serving as a resource.
Sexual Violence Resources
Sexual violence and misconduct is a significant concern on college campuses. Help is available at Illinois, whether a survivor wants to report an incident to the police, the university, a confidential resource or just wants to talk to someone. For options and resources available, visit wecare.illinois.edu.