Earlham's Public Safety Office can be reached 24 hours, and they are an inconspicuous, though reassuring, presence on campus. There are no blue phones or escort services, but the campus's small size means that security is never far away, and students can't help but develop a great sense of familiarity with the campus and their peers, evidenced by the many unlocked dorm rooms and bicycles on campus. Earlham prides itself in its sense of community responsibility. Sometimes, however, students can be blinded by the laid-back Earlham attitude and forget that crimes like theft and sexual assault are a reality on all college campuses, no matter how Quakerly they may be. The economy in Richmond has seen better days, but the area around Earlham is mostly homey and residential, and while almost everyone on campus feels safe most of the time, some may not want to walk back to their dorms alone at night or leave their bikes unlocked. While many Richmondites are lovely people, it is not unusual for Earlham students to report seemingly random acts of confrontation or intimidation.
In general, however, students look out for each other and feel safe on and off campus. As most of the hidden dark side of student relations involves alcohol consumption at parties, it's important to go to parties with friends you can trust. If you take simple precautions, you won't get bent out of shape staying safe. Crime is minimal, and most of the time, Earlham is like a big extended family.