With swarms of police buzzing down Kiester Road and infiltrating campus, security is pretty tight on and off campus. Every residence hall is on lockdown with ID access, locked doors sealing every stairway, video surveillance, and on-site University staff. One may say that all of these measures are excessive, but it keeps the crime rate here extremely low. Of course, there are quite a few liquor law violations and the occasional incidents of minor theft. With more than 8,000 students coming and going on campus each day, some crime is expected—and the campus and local police are ready for it.
Though most students feel safe and consider crime here nonexistent, some female students feel insecure walking alone at night. Some areas of campus are darker and more secluded than others, and it is important that students take precautions. If you park your car on campus, avoid storing valuables like CDs or money there because distant parking lots, like East Lake, are hot spots for theft. Though Slippery Rock is a friendly town where it is easy to trust everyone you meet, you must remember that crime can happen anywhere, even in this peaceful, nestled little villa. So, avoid walking alone at night, lock your doors, always be aware, and use common sense. The same rules would apply anywhere, really.