Ball State prides itself on having a low crime rate, and one of the ways we keep it low is to encourage you to use common sense and be alert when you are out and about on campus. Reducing the attractiveness of Ball State as a target for criminal activity makes the community safer for everyone. Consider following just a few basic safety tips: 
  • Identify the safest route between your residence hall or parking spot and your classes and activities.
  • Be aware. Concentrate on your surroundings, not music or a cell phone call.
  • Watch out for one another. Go with friends, leave with friends.
  • Travel in groups of two or more at night and always walk in well lit, heavily traveled areas.
  • Stay on the part of the sidewalk that is farthest from shrubs, dark doorways and alleys.
  • Share your class schedule with friends and family.
  • When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Know the location of the campus emergency telephones.
  • Use the shuttle buses after dark.
  • Use Charlie’s Charter escort service after the shuttle buses stop. Call 765-760-RIDE (7433) or 765-285-5005 for a ride.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry, electronics, or expensive clothing.
  • Always lock your bike or rent a bike locker to store your bike.
  • Always lock your car and keep valuables out of sight. Check your surroundings before getting out of a locked vehicle, and check the back seat before getting back in.
  • Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas of the parking lot.
  • Memorize the phone number of the University Police Department (765-285-1111) or add it to your cell phone.
  • Safety first: if you see a weapon, do not resist. Belongings can be replaced.
  • Mark your valuables, especially electronics, with invisible ink, and keep track of serial numbers. Supplies are available from your residence hall front desk or university police.
  • Take advantage of services offered by university police, including defense classes tailored to men or women, safety checks of off-campus housing that can be completed before or after a lease is signed, and bicycle registration.
  • Remember, alcohol and/or drugs are involved in 90 percent of campus crimes.