New York City is becoming increasingly safer—and as a result, so is NYU. At least one security guard is posted at the entrance of every NYU building to check IDs and control entrance, and dorms have security guards at the entrances 24 hours a day. Sometimes these guards can be cranky and pack an attitude—watching drunk college kids stumble home night after night isn’t the most fun job, after all—so being polite is the best way to play. Befriending them can be in your favor in expediting the guest sign-in policy. There is always an RA on-call in all NYU dorms and an effective emergency response system in place. Living in an NYU res hall may actually be the safest place to live in the city. Safe Ride vans are available for nighttime transport between NYU buildings, and non-NYU "green-light" buildings provide safe havens. With classes, nightlife, shopping, jobs, and endless other involvements to worry about, NYU students are rarely preoccupied with their safety.
In a place like New York City, tight security is a must. NYU is much safer than you might think, but in the end, you should always be careful. Don’t ever assume that you are completely safe just because you see a security guard around every corner of campus. You have to remember that you are in a big city where anything could happen, so take precautions accordingly. Always be aware of your surroundings and never walk around the city alone late at night. NYU Public Safety officers tend to patrol campus as it gets late, especially once it is dark, and whenever they are needed, they can be easily contacted by calling the number on the back of your NYU ID.