Tour guides frequently tell visitors that the last time the blue-light system was used was by a student trying to figure out the score of the Colgate-Cornell hockey game. The takeaway: Colgate is an incredibly safe place. While there is occasional petty crime, students tend to leave their residence doors unlocked, instead relying on the four-button code on the front doors of residence halls or ‘Gate card-restricted entries to protect their valuables. Campus Safety patrols on foot and in marked and unmarked vehicles at all hours of the day, maintaining a very visible presence both in town and on campus, often assisting Hamilton police officers with reports of underage intoxication.
While the guys in gray get a bad wrap, they offer a number of underutilized services and spend most of their days issuing parking violations, unlocking locked dorm rooms and jump-starting broken-down cars. Students walk about town at all hours of the day, both with friends and alone and rarely feel unsafe; part of it is a result of the omnipresent Campus Safety officers, but it’s mostly attributable to the nature of quaint and peaceful Hamilton.