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The university is located in the nicer part of Coral Gables which is about 10 min outside of Miami. There are a few places that you generally want to avoid unless in a large group (Overtown and just outside of Coconut Grove). UMiami has its own police department that are quick to act and in my two years here so far there have been like 5 reports of sketchy individuals that were quickly resolved. If you do go out to South Beach or the Grove just take precautions to avoid being targeted (don't walk alone at night, don't take a cab home by yourself, don't flaunt your money around or carry alot of it on you, don't drink more than you can handle or make sure you have a dedicated friend who is willing to take care of your sloppy self). The students on campus are extremely friendly in my experience and in the many times I've lost stuff (phone, wallet, keys), they have all gone out of their way to return it to me. In my opinion, very safe and nothing to worry about if simple, logical precautions are taken when going out.
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Campus is EXTREMELY safe 24/7. I have never felt threatened, unsafe, or anything. Miami's rep is not deserved. It was bad in the 80s- #1 in murders. Now it is #18. Yes, there are very bad parts to Miami, but those are WAY away from campus north like 30 minutes. Miami is an international city though, and the culture is colder and more anonymous, so that makes it kind of unsafe, but South Beach and Brickell are very upper-class, EXTREMELY wealthy people.Money buys safety here unlike other cities. Be careful not to experiment with drugs too much- Miami is not a violent city like Chicago, Atlanta, or Memphis, but in terms of hard drugs, raves, and the "sex" culture here, it is dangerous, but completely avoidable. People CHOOSE to do that stuff. I have never felt unsafe on public transit or walking around the city.
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Written by Sana Khan
The majority of students on campus feel safe walking around at night, and there are tons of cops and security guards, as well as emergency phones in case there is ever a problem. Even though Miami can certainly be a dangerous city at times, UM is located in Coral Gables, which is a fairly nice neighborhood. Still, this doesn’t hide the fact that several incidences have occurred on campus in recent years. The crimes that were committed, which included burglary and sexual assault, were recognized because of UM’s policy of e-mailing the entire student body whenever a serious crime occurs on campus. This is a practice that is not in effect at most of the country’s universities. It makes students aware of problems that may exist, though the amount of students outside late at night rarely changes after these alerts.
Although UM officials are very concerned with crime on campus and they heavily investigate any threats, it’s important for students to know that crime is, at times, an issue. The Department of Public Safety should be commended for its honesty about what’s happening around campus. The department’s truthfulness in these matters makes students feel more comfortable walking around at night. No matter how many police officers the school hires there will always be a risk. The most important thing is that an overwhelming majority of students feel safe on campus and that there is very little threat of extremely serious crimes.
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