Students feel safe at New Paltz, even when they are walking alone at night. Police cars constantly patrol campus and town. Crimes of any kind are rare, but the University alerts students immediately through email and/or text notification when a crime has been committed. This is also how students find out about school closings and snow days.
One great NP safety feature is the campus escort service, which runs all night. All you have to do is call the designated number, and someone will come and drive you where you want to go. All residence halls are locked to outsiders. When guests enter the building after 11 p.m., there are night hosts who ensure that guests sign in. Overall, New Paltz is really safe.