Lehigh students feel incredibly safe on campus, and in certain cases, the police can seem almost too overbearing. Off campus is where the problem lies. The areas immediately surrounding campus aren’t terrible, but a few blocks either east or west of campus can be considered somewhat dangerous, especially at night. The Lehigh police force does an excellent job of keeping the campus safe, although at times, it seems like the main part of their job entails breaking up parties and busting students for underage drinking rather than doing actual crime-fighting.
Walking around on campus is almost always safe, no matter what time of night it is, as there are emergency call boxes all over campus. The vehicular entrance to the Hill is policed even on weekend nights to ensure that only Hill residents are driving up to their houses. While this policy can be annoying to non-Hill residents looking to drive up there, it was enacted in response to the increasing amount of townies that used to attend fraternity parties, and as a result, has lessened crime on the Hill. Students who live off campus tend to experience a bit more crime, but as long as people take the right precautions and don’t put themselves in unsafe situations, living off campus should be relatively crime-free.