Safety Tips

USC is located in the heart of the City of Los Angeles, a vibrant, diverse, modern city with all the benefits of a major metropolitan area. Being near the center of a major urban area provides the campus community with many cultural, professional, recreational, historical, and educational opportunities. In order to take full advantage of your stay at USC and to make it as safe as possible, the USC Department of Public Safety would like you to consider the following safety tips:

  • Keep your doors and windows locked, even if you are leaving your room for a short time.
  • Do not prop open building entryways or stairwell doors.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
  • Lock your car doors.
  • When parking on the street, avoid parking next to large shrubs. At night, park in well-lighted areas.
  • Don’t leave books, bags, or other valuables visible in your car.
  • Keep your books, bags, and electronic devices with you. Don’t leave them unattended in the library, dining facilities, or other public places.
  • Lock your bike to a bike rack.
  • Lock it, hide it, and keep it.

At USC, we hold a shared vision of safety and respect for every journey, no matter how short or long. It’s easy to get swept up in a great playlist, an engaging podcast, or a lively chat, but let’s not forget the simple act of staying alert. Keeping your head up and eyes forward isn’t just about navigating the physical space; it’s about caring for the community we’re all a part of. This will go a long way to ensuring everyone’s safety.

Let’s commit to making every step, ride, and glide through USC a testament to our collective responsibility and love for our Trojan family. Together, we can make USC not just a place of learning, but a safe haven for all its members and our surrounding campus community.