Office of Residence Life

Off Campus Safety

  • Should I get renters' insurance?

    Renters’ insurance covers your personal belongings (e.g., stereo, TVs, computers, etc.) if they are stolen or damaged, and may provide liability protection as well. Landlords and property owners are generally not responsible for your personal property. Renters’ insurance is pretty affordable, ranging from $65 to $225 a year depending on your level of coverage. To determine how much coverage you need, check with your parents or a licensed agent. Sometimes you may be covered by your parent’s homeowners insurance.

  • What kind of security exists for off-campus student residents?

    Security off-campus is the responsibility of the Troy Police Department. For more information, contact the Troy Police Department, 55 State Street, Troy, NY , 518-443-2224, or the Syracuse Police Department, 511 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, 315-270-4221 (non emergency). In an emergency, students should call. Their website is also a good place to start:

  • Should I be concerned about safety off-campus?

    You should always be conscious of your personal safety and the safety of your property. Criminals are opportunistic and always look for easy targets such as homes that are left open, not well maintained, out of eyesight or earshot of neighbors, or obscured by landscaping or fencing. The best way to minimize your chances of becoming a victim is to take sensible precautions. The following tips are designed to help you reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. You may already be aware of some of these strategies, but others may be new to you. Remember to trust your instincts and use common sense.

  • Before Renting an Apartment

    Survey the residence for the following security features:

    • Does the apartment have metal or solid core wooden entry and exit doors? Are these doors equipped with deadbolts? Are the locks mounted securely? Have the doors been re-keyed since the last tenant moved out?
    • Can visitors be observed without opening the apartment door either through a door “peephole” viewer or window?
    • Does any outside vegetation block doors or windows from public view? Does the vegetation provide places or concealment at entrances at or along walkways?
    • Is there adequate lighting at the building entry doors and along walkways? Are the outer doors kept locked at all times?

Last modified: May 6, 2012