Most Duke students feel pretty secure on campus, and Duke has worked hard to provide students with the utmost safety and comfort. Duke has implemented (and expanded upon) many safety measures that are becoming standard on many college campuses, like carded entry to dorms and other facilities. The University also has a text message and e-mail system which notifies students about crime or danger on campus. The campus always seems to have people milling about, but if you’re walking through Edens or Central late at night or have decided (against conventional logic) to walk from East to West after dark, it's best to do so in a group. Duke, particularly East, is not situated in the world's most idyllic neighborhood, and walking off campus alone at night is simply unwise. There are occasionally thefts and robberies that occur on or near Campus Drive.
Duke tries hard to keep its students safe. However, the old real estate maxim “location, location, location” should serve to remind students that Duke has some inherent problems simply because of the instability of the surrounding area. Fortunately, very few Duke students feel like they have to stay holed up in their rooms at night, staring out the windows at the lurking shadows below. The best advice has already been given a number of times: use common sense, and you'll be just fine.