The majority of students on campus feel safe walking around at night, and there are tons of cops and security guards, as well as emergency phones in case there is ever a problem. Even though Miami can certainly be a dangerous city at times, UM is located in Coral Gables, which is a fairly nice neighborhood. Still, this doesn’t hide the fact that several incidences have occurred on campus in recent years. The crimes that were committed, which included burglary and sexual assault, were recognized because of UM’s policy of e-mailing the entire student body whenever a serious crime occurs on campus. This is a practice that is not in effect at most of the country’s universities. It makes students aware of problems that may exist, though the amount of students outside late at night rarely changes after these alerts.
Although UM officials are very concerned with crime on campus and they heavily investigate any threats, it’s important for students to know that crime is, at times, an issue. The Department of Public Safety should be commended for its honesty about what’s happening around campus. The department’s truthfulness in these matters makes students feel more comfortable walking around at night. No matter how many police officers the school hires there will always be a risk. The most important thing is that an overwhelming majority of students feel safe on campus and that there is very little threat of extremely serious crimes.