Crime Prevention and Safety Programs

Police and Residence Life Programming

The University of Pittsburgh offers a number of crime
prevention and security awareness programs for students and employees. A common theme of all programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others. Each term, the Office of Residence Life and members of the Pitt police meet with parents and students to provide information on personal safety and residence hall security. Additional programs include the following:

  • Operation ID allows students to inscribe identifying numbers on valuables such as televisions, stereos, computers, etc.
  • A one-credit personal defense class is offered each term by the University’s Department of Health and Physical Activity in which students can learn to become streetwise and acquire observation skills enabling them to escape a potential attacker.
  • Crime Watch programs allow students, staff, and faculty groups to meet at least once per term with police to discuss security and safety concerns. 
  • The Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange (SAFE) is a two-hour educational crime awareness, crime victim prevention program that encompasses strategies, techniques, options, and prevention information for students, staff, and faculty. SAFE instructors also address bystander intervention and personal safety involving the use of alcoholic beverages. Police officers who are trained as instructors offer this program a minimum of 10 times per year.
  • Police officers present Active Threat Response Training upon request to students, staff, and faculty. This training is modeled after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security video Run, Hide, Fight, which offers tips to the campus community on how to survive an active shooter or workplace violence incident. The program is offered upon request; officers have conducted this program multiple times per term.

In addition to seminars, safety information is distributed to the campus community through crime alerts and emergency notification messages, and can be found on the Pitt police Web site.

Environmental Health and Safety Programs

The University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides guidance and direction to students, faculty, and staff. EH&S identifies hazards and risks, recommends appropriate action to ensure safe conditions, and assists the University in maintaining regulatory compliance. The department provides training on many topics related to safety, fire safety, occupational health, and the environment. EH&S collaborates with the Pitt police in the development of the University’s Emergency Management Guidelines.

EH&S coordinates, conducts, and evaluates emergency evacuation exercises in each residence hall twice per year. EH&S also prepares, upon request, individual emergency evacuation plans for students who have impairments that may prevent compliance with University-wide emergency plans. Those in need of an individualized plan should contact EH&S at 412-624-9505.

SafeRider

Pitt’s SafeRider provides point-to-point service for individuals with valid Pitt IDs who are not on one of the campus transportation system’s fixed routes, but are within SafeRider service boundaries.

Hours of operation are:

  • 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday and on days when the Pitt shuttle system operates on a holiday schedule; 
  • 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, except during winter recess and other times as advertised on buses and shuttles; and
  • 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday through Saturday during the summer.

Individuals should use the fixed-route system and only request SafeRider service when shuttle service is not available. For service boundaries and to request service, call 412-648-CALL (2255) during SafeRider hours of operation. There is a 20-ride limit per term.