Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Residence

DPSS is committed to your safety as our highest priority. Please help us maintain a safe and secure place for everyone. Consider these safety tips when traveling on campus, while out enjoying the Ann Arbor community or spending time in your residence.


Residence Safety

  • Lock your doors when you leave and after you return home
  • Close blinds at night and keep door-wall security bars in place
  • House/Apartment-dwellers should turn on exterior lights at night
  • Have your keys in hand before you reach your vehicle or residence
  • Learn more about securing your residence

Report Suspicious Behavior or Activity

If you witness suspicious behavior or activity that is out of place and does not fit the usual day-to-day activity of our campus community, report it to DPSS. You can report concerning behavior by calling 911 or the DPSS non-emergency line, (734) 763-1131.

Additional Resources Available from DPSS

Add DPSS Contact Info to Your Phone
You never know when you may need help. Add our contact info to the favorites on your phone, so you can contact us quickly. There are two options:

  • Download here
  • Enter manually
    • Emergencies: 911
    • Non-emergencies: (734) 763-1131 or text 377911
    • Email:

Sign Up for an Empowerment Self-Defense Class
U-M students, faculty and staff are invited to take control of their personal safety by learning physical and verbal strategies to counter violence through our empowerment self-defense workshops.

The workshops aim to teach participants situational awareness and prevention skills to leave them better equipped to deal with everything from harassment to potentially violent people to sexual assault. Participants will take part in verbal exercises, physical drills and discussion.

Download the U-M Public Safety App
Did you know that DPSS has an app? We recently launched version 2.0 of our U-M Public Safety app. Users can opt-in to receive push notifications for news/safety tips and crime alerts. Users will also receive a push notification in the event of an Emergency Alert. Download the app today (available for Apple and Android phones).

Follow DPSS on Social Media
Follow U-M DPSS on Twitter and Facebook to receive campus safety and security notifications and tips throughout the year. Keep an eye out for pop-up safety tips on the University of Michigan Instagram story.