Off Campus Safety Tips and Apartment Considerations

Apartment Management and Maintenance

  • Maintain well-manicured landscaping around exterior of buildings, fences, and cameras.
  • Maintain lighting on buildings, walkways, and parking lots.
  • Provide proper signage around complex (“No Weapons”, labeled parking, building numbers, etc.).
  • Security cameras, if any, should be monitored regularly and kept in proper working order.
  • Access control, if any, should be limited to residents only after hours.
  • Inform residents of alarm system possibilities.
  • Mailboxes should not have names of residents on the outside of them; names should only be on inside of mailbox.
  • Front door of units should have a 180-degree peephole and on rear doors at ground level apartments.
  • If exterior doors have glass panels, they must be double pane.
  • Sliding glass doors must have a secondary security feature, such as a security bar in doorframe, etc.
  • 24-hr emergency contact number of maintenance personnel/management should be posted in a resident-accessible location within the apartment and at appropriate outside locations.
  • Management to host crime prevention/safety meetings annually.
  • Establish a Community Watch program.

Resident Safety Tips

  • Keep doors and first floor windows locked at all times.
  • Stop all mail and have a friend or neighbor collect newspapers/fliers when you are away for several days. Have someone park a car in parking space if assigned and numbered.
  • Leave porch lights on each night.
  • Keep a radio or television on low volume when not at home.
  • Purchase renter's insurance. It is generally inexpensive and may save you money if there is an accident or a burglary.
  • Know your Management Staff.
  • Know your neighbors and build your community relationships.
  • Know your emergency contact numbers.
  • Be alert and aware of your surrounding (Learn your area and places you may travel to).
  • Avoid isolated bus stops.
  • Stay in well lighted areas at night.
  • Whenever possible, travel with a friend, especially at night.
  • Tell someone where you are going.
  • Do not use ATMs at night.
  • Always lock car doors.
  • If you think you are being followed, walk or drive to a public place, police, or fire station.


  • For apartment/apartment complex related issues or safety concerns, notify apartment management.
  • For any crime or emergencies, notify local law enforcement. Durham Police Department will be primary law enforcement agency responding to off campus housing in the city of Durham.
  • Duke University Police Department will assist Durham Police Department with any off-campus crime or emergency related to a student or employee.
  • If there is an issue of a Concerned Behavior or Suspicious Activity involving a student or employee, Duke University Police Department will be primary for these incidents.