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Public Safety and Transportation


Safety Tips

Ensuring a safe environment for everyone on our campus.

Although Garden City remains one of the safest neighborhoods on Long Island and Adelphi University one of the safest campuses in the country, we remain as determined as ever to be vigilant about concerns of safety. Please take a moment to review the following safety tips and the linked guides found on this page.

Working together as a community, we will continue to ensure a safe environment for everyone at Adelphi University.

If you witness a crime or experience an emergency on campus, dial 5 from any campus phone 24 hours a day to reach the Adelphi Public Safety Department.

Property Theft is the #1 Crime Occurring on College and University Campuses Nationwide

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General Safety Tips

Safety is an important concern in any large town. Follow these safety tips and use common sense. You will find that it really is possible to fully enjoy living, studying and working on Long Island.

  • Familiarize yourself with streets and neighborhoods you’ll be visiting or passing through.
  • Walk in an assertive manner.
  • At night, walk facing the flow of traffic.
  • Know where you are going. Plan your route in advance.
  • Walk in well-lighted and populated areas, especially at night. Stay out of parts at night. Be aware of your surroundings and of suspicious persons or circumstances.
  • Travel with a friend if possible.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and flashing money on the street and in the subways.
  • Always keep bags closed and knapsacks zipped and buckled. Keep your purse on your lap at restaurants. Don’t hang it on the back of your chair or leave it in an empty chair.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street or go into a store, restaurant or other public building.
  • Know the whereabouts of all-night delicatessens and other safe locations.
  • If someone in a car asks you a question, stay a good distance from the car when responding.
  • Always carry enough money for cab fare home and quarters or phone cards to make phone calls.
  • Try not to use cash machines at night.


Reporting Intruders or Suspicious Activity

At times people return to their work locations and observe a stranger. The stranger usually has a “‘cover story,” such as looking for employment, or trying to find someone. Regardless of the story provided, take close notice of the stranger’s appearance, age, height, weight, and clothing and notify Public Safety.

Do not forcefully confront intruders or pursue them when they flee. Such action involves a high degree of risk, and can result in assaults upon members of the university’s community. It is far more advisable to be able to provide a good description of the stranger and the direction of flight. Then notify Public Safety immediately.

One method that has proven quite successful is to simply say “May I help you?” If the person is an intruder, the chances are quite high a “cover story” will exist, and the person will leave the area. While you are listening to the story, you can get a good look at the person and be able to provide an accurate description for the Public Safety Officer.


For further information, please contact:

Public Safety and Transportation
Levermore Hall, Suite 113
p – 516.877.3500 or dial "5" from any on-campus phone

Regular Office Hours
Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

After hours calls will be received by the 24-hour Public Safety Command Center in Levermore Hall, Suite 113.

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