Centenary is surrounded by an eccentric and moderately shady neighborhood. You'll sometimes hear rumors about drug dealers and burglaries. Although you're aware that the neighborhood is not the safest area of Shreveport, you rarely feel unsafe on campus. When you turn on the evening news, it can be somewhat of a shock to hear about murders and burglaries that happened not too far away. Fortunately, there's a deep sense of security when you walk around Centenary's campus, even at night. But if you ever feel uncomfortable walking alone, just call the campus police and an officer or a member of student patrol will escort you. The worst problems have been car thefts, and those were dealt with quickly.
The amazing security is due to the very visible presence of the campus police. Officers constantly patrol the grounds. Students often get to know the officers well, so they feel completely comfortable reporting anything unusual. All the dorms have outside locks, and students are given keys to the buildings in addition to their room keys. While the locked dorms give the illusion of safety, it's pretty easy to sneak into the dorms. The doors are often propped open, even though students are constantly threatened with fines for propping doors. Students are encouraged to keep their dorm rooms locked; though theft isn't huge problem, things have been known to disappear. Generally, Centenary is a comfy little safety zone that provides a sense of security that is hard to find anywhere else in the city.