Whatever concerns Pepperdine students may have about their chosen school, safety obviously is not one of them. Every so often, one will hear of a theft or two—first floor residence halls have been known to have their screens broken into—but hardly anyone ever expresses much anxiety over security. The in-room safes available for students to rent generally serve as dorm decorations, and unattended laptops are a common sight in the library. Certainly, no one seems worried about his or her own physical safety.
Malibu is not a dangerous town, so Pepperdine hardly needs to take many precautions, but it takes them anyway. Security guards monitor the gated entrances to campus 24 hours a day, and Public Safety vehicles are everywhere, always. Sprinkled throughout campus are emergency phones marked at night by blue lights. It is hard to imagine any circumstance, outside of a health emergency, when one would actually need to use one of them, but they are there just the same. In short, you need not worry about crime or personal safety on the Pepperdine campus. You may worry, however, about the rather hazard-prone roadways nearby, such as Pacific Coast Highway and the perilous Malibu Canyon Road. The fact that going anywhere requires traveling on one of these roads makes designated drivers all the more essential to any late-night partying, especially since Pepperdine’s bone-dry campus forces partiers to drive elsewhere for their shenanigans.