Safety and Security is somewhat of a misnomer for those involved with Gettysburg College. Most of the time, it seems that they are concerned only with apprehending students for underage drinking and noise violations, rather than catching thieves and stopping violence. Perhaps it is a sign of their effectiveness at stopping crime before it starts that S&S has time to devote to these endeavors. Of course, I could say the same thing about the tiger repellent I use every day . . . Seriously, though, while Gettysburg is not totally devoid of crime, it is quite easy to avoid getting into situations where your life is in danger. As long as you take minor precautions, such as locking your bike or walking in groups at night, you are unlikely to fall prey to crime. S&S does do a good job of keeping students in line most of the time, and they do offer helpful programs like a 24-hour escort service. S&S is generally quick to respond, and often operates in conjunction with the borough police when crimes are reported around town.
Fire safety is taken quite seriously by S&S on campus. There is easy access to fire alarms in every dorm, and every room is monitored by a smoke detector. Fire drills are carried out at least twice a semester in each building. There are strict penalties for abusing the fire alarms, and smoking is prohibited indoors.