It’s important to feel safe wherever you’re going to school, and environment plays a big role in this. Elon is located in a smaller area, so it’s naturally going to be more secure than some city schools. However, the university still makes the safety of its students a priority. Elon has many programs that acquaint students with the security services offered on campus and what to do in a dangerous situation. With safe rides, blue lights, and escort services, students should feel pretty safe. Even in this cozy atmosphere, however, something bad can still happen, so students are constantly reminded to be safe rather than sorry. At the beginning of the year, a presentation called “Let’s Get It On” is shown to all incoming students. This show, presented by Residence Life and Student Government Association, explains how to avoid sticky situations and what to do in case something has happened already. Security is something that Elon students are well acquainted with.
The blue-light system could use some improvement. In the big area between Koury Athletic Center, Belk Library, and Moseley Center, there are very few streetlights and no blue lights at all. The implementation of security cameras has helped the situation, though, especially in the dimly lit parking lots. There have been a few incidents in the past few years of break-ins, theft, and burglaries, but Elon does a good job of communicating this information to its students via the infamous “Smith Jackson e-mails.” Elon campus security works closely with Elon town police to thoroughly investigate cases, when needed. Despite the few negative incidents, however, Elon is one of the safest campuses around.