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Safety Off-Campus

Burglars can strike in any neighborhood. They are opportunistic and always on the lookout for open and unlocked doors. They are attracted to dwellings that are poorly maintained, obscured by landscaping or fencing, and out of sight or earshot of neighbors. The best way to minimize your chance of becoming a victim is to take sensible precautions.

Survey the residence for the following security features:

  • Does the apartment have metal or solid core wooden entry- exit doors? Are these doors equipped with deadbolts? Are the locks mounted securely? Have the locks been changed since the last tenant moved out?
  • Can visitors be observed without opening the apartment door, either through a door peephole viewer or window?
  • Does any outside vegetation block doors or windows from public view?
  • Does the vegetation provide places of concealment at entrances at, or along, walkways?
  • Is there adequate lighting at the building entrance and along walkways? Are the outer doors kept locked at all times?

Keep yourself safe by clicking on each link below to learn more:


LiveSafe is a nationally-recognized mobile app used at universities nationwide. LiveSafe is designed to offer direct connectivity with the DPS emergency dispatch center from users’ cell phones. Just download “LiveSafe” for free to your iPhone or Android, sign up with your school email address, and connect the app with “Syracuse University.”

The app acts as a “mobile blue light,” integrating GPS location information when users contact the emergency dispatch center through the app. It features a function called “SafeWalk” that permits users to virtually share their location with friends as they walk to a destination. App users may also send tips regarding crimes in progress or potentially unsafe situations through the app, and can attach photo and video to provide DPS with further information.

To download the app from the Apple Store, click here. To download the app on an Android, click here. Feel free to contact us at with questions or for more information about the app.


Orange Watch is a DPS program that provides an expanded DPS presence in key areas on the Main and South campuses and in neighborhoods north and east of campus.

Orange Watch officers are on patrol throughout the year, with increased presence between the hours of 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. and on weekends.


The Neighborhood Safety Patrol is a partnership among residents of the University neighborhood, the Syracuse Police Department, and Syracuse University. The patrol is part of an effort to deter criminal activity, promote resident safety, and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. The area covered runs west to east from University Avenue to Allen Street, and north to south from East Genesee Street to Broad Street.

If you have any questions, contact the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at 315-443-2224.


Syracuse University’s Shuttle U Home provides free transportation from the campus for students, faculty,
and staff who live off campus within a designated geographic area. The service operates daily from 8:15 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

To use the shuttle, riders must go to the Students for Community Safety (SCS) program, located in 019 Watson Hall, and sign up. Riders are also required to show their SU or ESF I.D. The shuttle service van is capable of transporting as many as six passengers.

For more information, visit


Directed by Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety, ORANGE ALERT is designed to provide rapid notification and instruction to SU students, faculty and staff, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students in the event of a crisis in progress—an instance in which there is immediate threat of physical harm to members of the campus community.

When activated, ORANGE ALERT uses various communications mechanisms–including e-mail, text messaging, and cell/landline phone calls–to send a brief notice about the situation and instructions of what to do. A typical message might read: “There is a (type of crisis) on campus at (a specific location); evacuate the area immediately and remain away until further instructed.”

ORANGE ALERT contact information for students, faculty, and staff is drawn from the MySlice online information system. Want to review and/or modify your contact information? Go to MySlice, log in using your NetID and Password, click on the ORANGE ALERT link, and then review/modify and save your information.

The ORANGE ALERT Siren System is an enhancement of the ORANGE ALERT notification system that will also alert community members and visitors who may not be enrolled or have immediate access to electronic media needed for notification. Sirens that sound similar to a fire station siren or a weather siren are activated in case of emergency when individuals need to seek immediate indoor shelter.

Questions? Contact


Non-Emergency Medical Transport Service (MTS): 315-443-4566

Students who are temporarily disabled, and those with a permanent disability whose transportation has been temporarily interrupted, can receive short-term transportation in the greater campus area to and from the health center, campus, and area medical facilities by calling the Medical Transport Service. Reservations for transport are preferred.

*** Services provided by SUA and MTS are covered by the student health fee.
In an emergency call 911.


Required Fire Protection Devices

The New York State Fire Code and City of Syracuse Property Code require that smoke detectors (certified by a nationally recognized fire testing laboratory) be installed in all common areas, including basements, in combination with other required alarm systems. They must also be installed both inside and outside each sleeping area. It is the landlord’s responsibility to install these devices, but the tenant must make sure the devices are in place and tested monthly. Make sure you know how to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. A smoke detector’s early warning can provide you with the extra time essential for a successful escape.

New York State Law and the City of Syracuse Property Code also require each property to have at least one functioning carbon monoxide detector on the lowest level of the house with a bedroom.


DPS Daily Crime Log

The Department of Public Safety provides the following information as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act [20 USC 1092(f)].

DPS Map of 2016 Public Safety Notices

Public Safety Notices sent to students, faculty, and staff during the calendar year 2016.