Iowa City is a relatively safe town and a generally positive atmosphere for students and townies alike. More often than not, the crime that does occur is small and often results from students being careless or drunk. UI does a great job of making students feel safe—on weekend nights, the UI police are always a visible presence. The University also has set up a number of emergency phones around campus so students can call if they ever have a problem. Student Health Services educates students on the dangers of unsafe sex, poor diet, substance abuse, and stress. This helps keep both personal safety and security up around campus.
There have been a few incidents to raise concern around the area, but these should not deter anybody from spending time in Iowa City. In recent years the number of sexual crimes has increased, and both the city and the UI are addressing this problem. Overall, the University and Iowa City do a good job in protecting students and trying to stop any crimes before they occur.