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SIU is a Safe Place

The safety of the SIU community is our top priority. We have many resources in place, and we continually strive to do better. To name a few, we have the Brightway Path, emergency call boxes, a free app for students to request an escort from campus police, and the free Night Safety Transit between the main campus and the residence halls.

A helpful tool to evaluate the safety of any campus is its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, a federally required publication to help families decide for themselves if a campus is safe. If you would like to compare our record to those of other universities, you can visit the U.S. Department of Education website.

Protect the Pack – top 10 tips to keep Salukis Safe & Secure

  1. See something/say something. Program the SIU Police number into your cell phone so you have it at your fingertips in the event of an emergency on campus. If you see a crime in progress, or even something suspicious, don’t hesitate, make the call. Call 911 or (618) 453-3771
  2. Use the buddy system. If you are going out, make sure you travel with a trusted friend and stay in touch at your destination. Take advantage of the SIU Safe Walk Program.
  3. Make smart decisions. If you are going out, make sure it’s to somewhere and with people you know. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t go attend parties that have been mass-advertised or are in places you are unfamiliar with.
  4. Protect your property. Never leave items like your backpack, laptop or cell phone unattended - even if it’s just for a minute. Make it a habit to take these valuables with you.
  5. Utilize and be alert on public transportation. Stay awake and keep your personal belongings close to you. If someone’s harassing you, don’t hesitate; tell the driver or call 911, or (618) 453-3771 if on campus.
  6. Secure your vehicle. College parking lots and structures are common targets for thieves. Never leave valuables in your car or items in plain view. Take items like GPS devices, removable stereo faceplates, and electronics with you. Make sure your windows are up and the doors are locked. Utilize security devices or set the alarm.
  7. Keep personal information private. Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by carrying only the necessary items in your wallet or purse. Don't keep your social security card in your wallet. Don’t give personal information to solicitors.
  8. Keep your dorm locked. Even if you’re going next door to a friend’s room, always grab your keys and lock the door. A propped open door is a perfect target for would-be thieves and allows them quick and easy access to your belongings. If your room has additional doors and windows, always be sure they are closed and locked as well.
  9. Protect your bike. If you ride a bike on campus register it with the University Police Department. Registering your bike increases the likelihood of recovery if stolen. Always use a high-quality, hardened steel “U” lock; avoid cable locks. For optimum security, lock both the front and frame to the bike rack.
  10. Take advantage of University Safety & Security Programs & Resources.  The discussion and increased communication around potential safety issues can trigger anxiety or elevate perceptions that there is need for concern: Counseling & Psychological Services