Security at Yale

Yale University and the New Haven Police Department are committed to keeping our community safe. In fact, crime on campus in 2008 was at the lowest level since 1985. We are committed to continuing to do our part and appreciate our student’s vigilance and conscientious attention to safety.

The safety of our students is our most important priority. The Yale Police Department works hand in hand with the City of New Haven Police Department to help ensure campus safety. In addition we have over 100 security officers. Their effective collaboration is complemented by the many public safety services that are available to all members of the Yale Community, including:

  • Blue Phones. Approximately 400 exterior phones are strategically located throughout the campus and are readily identified at night by blue lights located above or near them. The phones are equipped with red emergency buttons for direct connection to the University Police for police, fire, or medical emergencies and a keypad for dialing any campus number.
  • Escort Service. University Security operates a security escort service on campus for any member of the University community who requests an escort. The escort service provides a uniformed Yale Security Officer who will accompany any member of the University community to or from any location within a reasonable distance on the campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can request an escort by calling 432-WALK (9255).
  • Yale Minibus. Buses run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday (seven nights a week). This service runs on a scheduled route around the campus and also takes dispatched calls for off-route pickups. From 1:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., service is available on call-in basis for point-to-point service. You can request a minibus ride by calling 432-WALK (9255).
  • Scheduled Bus Routes. Scheduled buses are available from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. seven days a week. Detailed route information is available on the Parking and Transit website