Safety & Security Programs
Safety & Security Programs
The main priority for UW Police is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community. To further that endeavor, we maintain a number of programs that enhance the safety and security here on the Seattle campus. While these programs help provide skills and services to increase safety, please remember that a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the efforts and cooperation of all students, faculty and staff who accept responsibility for their own security and the security of others.
Active Shooter Resources
An active shooter is an individual(s) actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These situations require law enforcement to take immediate action to stop the threat. View the Run.Hide.Defend UW Active Shooter Video and find safety tips and guidelines on our Active Shooter – Campus Emergency Page.
Love Your Stuff?
Our highest crime on campus is theft – mostly of unattended or improperly secured items. A laptop left on a library table while you use the restroom. A purse left in your unlocked office while down the hall talking to a colleague. A backpack left on the seat of your car. Love Your Stuff? Keep it safe, secured and out of sight. Better yet, register your device with UWPD here. You’ll need basic information about your device description, serial number, MAC address, etc.) to register with the University of Washington Police Department.
UWPD partners with the bicycling community, retailers, city agencies and other university departments to reduce bike theft through education, awareness, and enforcement. Bicycle theft is one of the most common crimes on campus, but through our efforts–and your help, we can make our community a model for bicycle security. Register your bike with UWPD and BikeIndex here, use a sturdy u-lock, and always call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious activity.
Husky NightWalk – 206.685.WALK (9255)
Uniformed security guards operate 6:30 pm to 2 a.m., seven days week, 365 days a year, providing a walking escort to community members within the campus locations and the residential area north of 45th St.
NightRide – UW Transportation Services [*NOTE* Partnership]
NightRide provides a fare-free, safe and easy way for U-PASS members to get home at night. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible.
Shuttles pick up passengers from 8 p.m. until 1:34 a.m. for the East Zone and from 8 p.m. until 1:39 a.m. for the West Zone, Monday through Friday (excluding University holidays and summer quarter).
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
The University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) offers free classes, training women in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). RAD is a simple yet effective program of self-defense designed for women on university and college campuses. The program teaches realistic self-defense movements that do not require special skills, years of practice or any particular level of fitness.
Being a victim of crime can be a scary and traumatizing experience. The UWPD Victim Advocate helps victims and their families, and witnesses through the process of physical, emotional and financial recovery. The UWPD Victim Advocate can help with a variety of safety concerns, including dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
It is not necessary to make a police report in order to meet with the UWPD Victim Advocate. You can meet to discuss resources, options and to come up with a plan.
If you or a family member have been a victim or witness to a crime and would like to see how we can assist you, please call 206.543.9337.
Find additional campus safety and emergency resources, such as emergency preparedness, fire and hazardous material concerns, via the UW Safety Portal: