How to be Safe

Auto and Bike Safety

  • It is very important to take bike precautions on the UNM campus. A U-shaped lock is the only lock that can help to prevent bike theft.

  • If possible, lock bike frame and tires together, and always take your bike seat with you if it is detachable.

  • For further information, contact Parking and Transportation Services (505.277.1938).

  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, and use lights on your bike and body at night.

  • Register your bike with the UNM Campus Police for possible return in case of theft.

  • Never lock your bike to a handrail for a ramp or door entrance as UNM Police will confiscate your bike.

  • If you have a car, keep your car doors locked when you are both in and out of it. When walking to your car, especially at night, have your car door key in your hand ready to unlock the door.

  • Get in quickly and lock the door. Never park in dark or isolated areas.

Campus and Personal Safety


These are guidelines to follow in order to maintain campus and personal safety while in the US and Albuquerque. While Albuquerque is a relatively safe city to live in, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and to take the following safety precautions. Please click on the appropriate links in the dropdown menu titled "Campus and Personal Safety" to read more.

Campus Safety


While the UNM campus is fairly safe, it is in an urban setting, and you should be mindful of safety. Avoid walking alone on campus after dark, especially if you are a woman. Always ask a classmate or friend to walk with you to your bike, car, apartment or dormitory. You can also take advantage of the UNM Escort Service (505.277.2241) offered by Campus Police. If you ever feel threatened, find one of the blue emergency phones located throughout campus and push the button to contact Campus Police. The phones are for emergencies only. To access UNM Campus Safety Tips, click here.

Personal Safety/How to keep personal information secure


It will take you some time to become familiar with what constitutes a safe or unsafe environment in Albuquerque and the US. Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you and walk with confidence. Always keep your bags and personal belongings with you and secure to avoid theft. If you meet someone and would like to meet them again, do not give out your address. Plan to meet with them again in a safe, public location until you get to know them better. If you have children, give them a "code word" that only someone familiar to you/them will know. UNM offers Personal Defense Classes through the Physical Education (Non-Professional) Department.

Home and Apartment Safety

  • Keep your doors locked when you are both away and at home and check that all doors and windows are locked at night and whenever you leave.

  • Use a bar to keep sliding doors in position when not in use.

  • Never open the door unless you know exactly who is outside.

  • If you plan a vacation or plan to be away from your home for a long period of time, ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on it for you. Ask them to pick up your mail and newspapers for you so it is not obvious there is no one at home. Be sure that they can contact you in case of emergency.



In an emergency, call 911. If you are on campus, there are also blue emergency phones. Make sure you know the locations of emergency centers near you, as well as which hospital is your insurance policy's preferred provider and where it is located.
Always carry your health insurance card in your wallet. (Do not call an ambulance if it is not an emergency as it may be very costly.)

Money Safety

  • Use credit/debit cards or traveler's checks when you are traveling, and ATM cards, credit/debit cards or personal checks while in Albuquerque.

  • Never carry a large amount of cash. Do not leave backpacks, wallets or purses where they can be easily seen or stolen.

  • Always report the loss of a checkbook, ATM card, or credit card to your bank or credit card company immediately (to do this, you will need to keep a list of all your cards and contact numbers in a safe place separate from the cards).

  • Only use ATM machines during the day or use well-lit machines at night. Do not let others see the amount of money you are withdrawing.