for the University of Pittsburgh Community

Resources | What to Consider

Pitt Police:

Jerome Cochran Public Safety Building
3412 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

On-Campus Emergency: ext. 4-2121

Off-Campus Emergency: 412-624-2121

Non-Emergency: 412-624-4040

Email: [email protected] — This email is not monitored 24 hours per day. Please call for emergencies.

City of Pittsburgh Police:

For emergencies: Call 9-1-1

Non-Emergency: Call 3-1-1 or call 412-323-7800

Safety tips in your apartment:

Always lock the doors in your apartment, even if only for a few minutes.

Keep your windows locked and covered at night, and don’t leave any exterior doors in your apartment unlocked.

Don’t allow strangers into your building or apartment. When in doubt, don’t open the door for a stranger and never reveal that you are alone to a visitor.

Don’t use your first name on mailboxes, just use your first initial.

Keep all keys in your possession. Don’t place them under mats, over doors or in other secret hiding places.

If you return back to your home and think it has been illegally entered, do not enter. Leave the premise and call the police as soon as possible.

Keep your valuables out of sight, especially away from windows.

Safety tips when traveling to and from campus:

Avoid walking alone at night. Walk with someone you now or try to walk in groups of two or more. Use the “buddy system.”

Stay in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Try to walk in common, open areas rather than alleys and less travelled spaces.

Carry only the necessary credit cards and money that you will need, in order to avoid using ATM machines alone at night.

If you begin noticing that you are being followed, try to change direction and vary your pace. If you are being followed by someone in a car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction — while also making note of the licence number and getting to an area with more people around.

Know where the blue emergency call boxes are located on campus.