SMU may boast a very safe campus; however, they should really say thank you to University Park. Even though University Park and SMU Police work together to patrol the city, SMU PD pays more attention to parking violations than a screaming girl whose hair is in flames. On the other hand, nothing too out of the ordinary ever occurs here on campus, so what else is there for them to do? It is quite rare to hear about SMU students being mugged at gunpoint. There have only been two incidents since I have been here, and both of them were off-campus. A friend of mine was raped when she was a freshman. So, if you receive warnings from anyone, especially if you are a female, it will probably pertain to rape. There are several minor thefts reported every year, but there is nothing to fear on this campus-except a parking ticket.
Most of the police force here are fairly friendly and do earnestly look out for you, especially if you are intoxicated. I hear more about alcohol violations than Sherlock Holmes murder mysteries. SMU has done a stellar job with the PR for their police force, and I definitely commend them for that. I have yet to see an SMU cop put to the test, though. So, that should really give you a good idea about the campus: it's safe enough.