While living in Richmond, students learn to become more aware of their surroundings, whether they are on campus or somewhere else in the city. VCU works hard to take the necessary precautions to ensure students' safety on campus and around the local area. There are emergency call-box stations with blinking lights, located throughout campus and in parking decks, that connect directly with VCU Police. There is also an on-campus security escort service available daily from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Dorm security may seem like a pain to residents, but it is arguably one of the best dorm security systems in the state. A resident of a dorm must swipe and present his valid VCU ID to be admitted into their dorm. All guests must be signed in and give security a valid photo ID. These strict measures prevent strangers from coming into and leaving dorms as they please.
IVCU also implements sirens and an emergency text-messaging system. Students and parents are able to register their numbers with the system so that they will receive constant contact through their cell phones during an emergency. The VCU police force is staffed with hourly and full-time personnel in addition to its sworn officers. Campus crimes are not typically major crimes, with vandalism and theft the most prevalent on and around campus.