Getting Around the Neighborhood Safely

The University of Southern California offers several programs to help you get to your destination quickly and safely.

LiveSafe App

USC Trojan Mobile Safety App, managed by the USC Department of Public Safety and the USC Department of Emergency Planning, is a free downloadable app that mobile users can use to initiate contact with emergency responders around the University Park and Health Science campuses. Features include: immediate “push button” calls to DPS, easy reporting for suspicious activity or crimes in progress, and location services to notify friends of your route through campus. Learn more about the app features.

Blue Lights

Blue light emergency phones are located throughout the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. The phones are connected to the USC Department of Public Safety’s 24-hour communications center and identify the phone location if the caller is unable to talk. The phones can be used to request an escort, report suspicious activity, and to report crimes.

Get a Ride: Campus Cruiser and Lyft Partnership Program

If you are one of the many individuals who work, study or take classes at night, you don’t have to walk to your car or home alone. The USC Campus Cruiser will take you to your destination. If wait periods exceed 15 minutes, we automatically outsource Campus Cruiser requests to Lyft, which you can take for free, ensuring you’ll never have to wait long for a safe ride home. Read more about Campus Cruiser, service hours, and how to book a ride.

Yellow Jackets

In addition to DPS officers who patrol a 2.5 mile radius around USC’s campuses, USC contracts “security ambassadors” to patrol street corners in nearby neighborhoods. In particular, they’re stationed around public zones near USC-owned housing. This security force wears bright yellow jackets so you can easily spot them. If you’re off campus and in need of assistance, look for a Yellow Jacket.

Jogging Safely

Many joggers think that because they do not carry large sums of money with them as they jog, they are not likely candidates for an attack. Unfortunately, that’s not true.

When running, you should always be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect yourself. It’s easy to become so focused on your run that you stop paying attention to what’s happening around you. When you’re preoccupied, you make yourself an easy target for an attacker or thief.

Follow our tips for ensuring that your jogs are rewarding and safe:

  • Recruit a friend. Runners in pairs or groups are less appealing targets.
  • Jog in a familiar area but vary your routes. Changing the route you take will prevent someone from noting your schedule or movements.
  • Avoid jogging in secluded areas or at night. If you do run after dark, do so in well-lit and populated areas and consider buying reflective running gear or a runner’s light so that you’re highly visible to traffic.
  • Face oncoming traffic.
  • Carry your phone and your ID. If you suspect you’re being followed, call the police immediately and find a safe place to wait for them to arrive.
  • Wear bright colored clothing to improve your visibility.
  • Carry a whistle or shrill alarm to summon help if needed.
  • Jog in open spaces, away from bushes or alcoves where someone could hide.
  • Take a key with you when you jog. Don’t leave your house unlocked.

Night time Safety

Tips for Staying Safe While Enjoying a Night Out

  1. Use the buddy system, travel in pairs or a small group.
  2. Buy your own bottled/canned drinks, and keep within your own sight at all times.
  3. Skip the alcohol and other substances, stay aware of your surroundings.
  4. Arrange safe transportation to and from home (walking with a friend, using Campus Cruiser or other ride share program such as the USC Safe Rides Program powered by Lyft);
  5. Use the “Go Safe” feature of the USC Mobile Safety App powered by LiveSafefor convenience.
  6. Leave the valuables at home, out of sight, and lock up before you go out.
  7. Carry a small amount of “just in case” cash.
  8. Walk in well-lit, populated travel paths.
  9. If biking at night, wear reflective clothing and a helmet.
  10. Looking for something outside the party scene? Check out Late Night ‘SC!