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Campus Safety

On-Campus Emergencies

From any campus phone,
dial 800

Call 413-585-2490 from a cell phone or from off campus.

Student riding a bike on campus
 

All members of the Smith community share responsibility for our collective safety and security. You can do much to protect yourself and your belongings and keep the Smith campus a safe place to live.

Community participation and involvement are essential to crime prevention on campus. Since officers cannot be everywhere at once, responsibiity for crime prevention also rests upon each member of the Smith community. When individuals do their part by recognizing and reporting incidents of suspicious or criminal activity, they greatly improve the effectiveness of the Campus Police Department.

Get involved by becoming more security conscious and by reporting all incidents of suspicious or criminal activity, no matter how insignificant, to Campus Police immediately. Unreported crimes cannot be solved and may allow the perpetrators to commit additional and perhaps more serious crimes. Solving a crime depends upon how accurately and promptly the incident is reported.


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Bicycle Safety

Register Your Bicycle

Affix the bicycle registration decal to the bar underneath the bike seat, as if it were a license plate number, as soon as you receive it to avoid forgetting to do so. It helps to clean and dry the area before affixing the decal.

 

Bike Lock-Ups Dos and Don’ts

The occurrence of bike theft (and of bike parts such as seats and quick release wheels) is higher in urban areas and on college campuses due to the numbers of bikes and the length of time during which those bikes may be left unattended. Take a few simple steps to protect your bike.

DO
  • Keep your bike frame and wheels locked at all times.
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area.
  • Use a sturdy bike lock.
  • Lock your bike to an object that is securely bolted or cemented to the ground.
  • Position your lock with the key mechanism facing down.
  • Create a snug fit with wheels and frame so that there is little room in the U-portion of the lock for thieves’ tools.
  • Record the serial number, make, model, color and bike decal number in a safe place.
  • Make sure the bike is covered on home or renter’s insurance policies, especially if the bike is expensive.
  • Lock your bike indoors whenever possible, especially if you will not be using it for a while.
DON’T
  • Lock your bike to objects that can be easily cut.
  • Lock your bike in the same area all the time.
  • Position the lock near the ground to prevent thieves from attempting leverage or crushing the lock.
  • Lock your bike to pedestrian railings, heaters, or other objects not intended for bicycle security (your bike could be removed by college officials if not locked in a proper area).

locking your bike

(locking your bike images from San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)

If Your Bike is Stolen

Often, improperly secured bikes may be “borrowed” by people who might think it may be a “community bike”—it may be located elsewhere on campus. Try looking on campus or report the theft to Campus Police.