One thing Louisville shares with bigger cities is that it is important to be cautious when out and about. During the day, there are few safety issues, but at night, campus and the surrounding area can be a little dangerous. Security is definitely visible now, but as recently as the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, there were cases of students being held up at gunpoint and robbed in a well-lit area outside of a dorm. U of L students are notified of crimes and safety problems via text and e-mail, but some feel these are sent out too often and become a scare tactic. Overall, it is probably safe to walk around campus during daylight and early evening hours with a group, but walking alone late at night is a bad idea. And you should never really need to—there is a free escort service offered by the Department of Public Safety that drives students anywhere on or within a one-mile radius of campus after dark, which is especially useful at the end of a late night at the library.
Student organizations bring in self-defense and safety speakers a couple of times a year, and it pays to go and learn from them. Carrying keys and pepper spray and staying with a group prevents most safety issues, and many U of L students never have a problem. It will soon become second nature not to walk around alone late at night and to keep your doors locked. Students say they wish the police presence was even more visible, but the campus alert system, specially equipped emergency phones, and blue-light buttons across campus that connect immediately to emergency services help. Although Louisville is not a terribly dangerous city, crime does happen—friends don’t let friends walk alone at night!