Crime prevention is a collaborative effort between the Rutgers University Police Department and the university community. With your assistance, we can greatly reduce opportunity for crime through "target hardening" behaviors.

Excessive alcohol consumption is the largest contributor to victimization and crime. RUPD understands the social aspect of college life, but asks that you drink responsibly and encourage the same of your friends. The RUPD urges you to attend one of our many alcohol education programs.

Denying a criminal the opportunity to commit a crime is paramount to your personal security. We ask you to observe our noted precautions, create your own personal safety plan, and be alert for the danger signals we have outlined.


  • Are you a creature of habit?  Avoid traveling to your destinations using the same route at the exact same time to reduce the opportunity of crime.
  • If you have a cellular phone, keep it readily available in an accessible pocket with pre-programmed police emergency numbers. The RUPD-New Brunswick non-emergency phone number is 732-932-7211.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your head up while walking and walk with a purpose.  Pay attention visually of the actions and behaviors of those who are walking around.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Be ready to take defensive action if necessary. This could be as simple as crossing the street and entering a populated area.
  • Walk or jog in groups of three or more.
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas.
  • Travel with confidence and purpose.
  • Do not wear headphones while walking or jogging.
  • Know the locations of emergency phones.
  • Do not use ATMs at night, in poorly lit or remote areas.
  • Stay alert, and ahead of "What if...?"


We believe in fostering partnerships with members of the University community to identify, prioritize and respond to issues that impact our campuses, both negatively and positively. We know that with the support of the community, we are a much more effective law enforcement agency. Therefore, we encourage the community's increased support and collaboration in keeping our campus safe! Each member of our community can further assist the Rutgers Police Department by recognizing and practicing the following crime prevention tips:

  • Be aware that you are a potential victim of crime. Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.
  • Report suspicious activity or persons to the police immediately.
  • Avoid isolation. After dark, walk with others and use well-lit paths. University transportation and after-hours escort services are available 24/7.
  • Do not hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.
  • Do not carry your name, address or car license number on your key ring.
  • Never leave wallets, purses, checkbooks, and other personal property of value (laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, etc) lying visibly in a room or unattended in public places.
  • Report defective locks, card readers, or burnt-out lights to University Facilities' Service Call Center at 848-445-1234.
  • Do not leave notes on your door announcing you are not at home.
  • Close curtains at night.


  • Know your neighbors or coworkers; you are the best one to determine who does not belong.
  • Only allow in people who are familiar to you, guests should be escorted.
  • Do not prop open exterior doors.
  • If you come in through an electronic key card access door, do not allow strangers to enter with you on your code. They should have their own cards and codes.
  • Always lock your door when you leave.
  • Lock your door while you sleep or when you work late.
  • Always lock your office or residence hall room door when you leave for "just a minute", even for a restroom breakThis is the single best deterrent to intruders.
  • Take your valuables (laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, etc) with you. Do not leave them unattended and unsecured in your office or at your work space.


  • Do not leave notes on your door or social media announcing you are not around.
  • Reduce the amount of cash and credit cards you carry with you.
  • Get involved. If you see someone you consider suspicious or out of place, CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY.
  • Do not leave you keys lying about.
  • Keep a record of all keys issued. Master keys and extra duplicates should be locked away for safekeeping. When a particular key is needed, everyone must sign for its use.
  • Have all keys stamped with the words "Do Not Duplicate."
  • If you suspect you been burglarized, do not walk into or disturb the crime scene area. Call the Rutgers Police Department immediately. The chances of apprehending the burglar are greatly increased if the scene is left completely intact. Assist responding officers by providing information regarding all missing. items, including a prerecorded list of serial numbers.
  • If your keys or ID card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to prevent misuse.


  • Always lock your locker-- make sure your lock is durable.
  • A good key lock instead of a combination lock is a better safeguard for your property. The lock should have a rugged, laminated case and a 3/8" shackle that resists being smashed. It's crime prevention "plus" if you get a lock that will not release the key until the lock is locked. And give it an extra tug just to make sure it's closed.


  • Take your valuables (laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, etc) with you. Do not leave them unattended when you leave for "just a minute", even for a restroom breakThis is the single best deterrent to intruders.
  • Conceal or hide power cords from cell phones, iPods & GPS units when left unattended within your vehicle.
  • Lock your vehicle.
  • Secure bicycles with a U-lock. Learn more about bicycle security.
  • Anti-theft devices such as the "Club" and car alarms may deter a thief from burglarizing or stealing your vehicle.
  • Do not hide spare keys under your car.
  • Record serial numbers of bicycles, computers or other electronics, and keep these numbers in a safe place, separate from the devices. In the event these devices are lost or stolen, these serial numbers may assist the Police with locating your property.
  • Secure valuables in lockable storage medium or take them with you when away for extended periods of time.


Remember, if you see suspicious activity or packages while visiting Rutgers University, pick up the phone and report it. 

It's our job to check it out and to keep you safe! Stay alert. Be aware. Speak up.