Personal Safety Tips

This page provides common sense tips to help ensure the safety of students and staff working off hours (i.e. late night/early morning). If you have any safety questions or concerns, please contact your supervisor.

  • Memorize the UGA Police Department phone number (2-2200)
  • Learn the best routes between your work location and your car. Take the safest route, not the fastest route
  • If possible, travel in groups of two or more at night and walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas
  • Stay on the part of the sidewalk that is farthest away from shrubs, dark doorways, and alleys
  • Share your schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system
  • When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back
  • Wherever you are, stay alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you
  • Follow your instincts--if something doesn't feel right, change directions, go into a public building, or call University Police (2-2200)
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes. If you work at a service point, make sure you secure your belongings either out of sight or in a restricted access area (locked office, etc.)
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing
  • Always lock your bike or rent a bike locker to store your bike
  • Always lock your car and keep valuables out of site. Check the back seat before getting in
  • Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas of the parking lot
  • Do not wear headphones that prevent you from being aware of your surroundings
  • Regarding parking: all lots are enforced 7am to 5pm except housing lots which are enforced until 10pm. Hull Street Deck and North Deck and Tate Deck are free after 5:30 PM with a UGA ID or permit until 5:30 AM. Handicapped, fire lanes and yellow zones, state vehicles, and loading zones are monitored 24 hours daily
  • Supervisors of affected areas (primarily Access Services, Reference, and Security) should ensure that their students and staff that work off hours are familiar with each other and comfortable asking each other for assistance.