Safety

Stay Informed

Emergency Text: Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for the official Miami University emergency text messaging system.

Nixle: The Oxford Police Department uses Nixle to distribute important information regarding incidents in the community, including traffic and weather alerts affecting the Oxford area. Sign up to receive notifications at nixle.com.

While Oxford is known to be a relatively safe town, it is not immune from criminal activity that can be found in any other city or town. You should be proactive about your personal safety, and take steps to decrease the likelihood that you or your home will be targeted. 

Personal Safety

The number one tip for personal safety is stay aware and be alert. Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, get away from that situation as quickly as possible.

  • Use the buddy system. Take care of each other.
  • Go out together, come home together. 
  • Do not trust strangers or leave with people you do not know.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk only on busy, well-lit streets, even if the trip is longer.
  • Have your door keys ready in your pocket and your cell phone in an easily accessible place in case of an immediate need to contact police.
  • Do not open the door for strangers. If you've scheduled an appointment with repair or service personnel, ask for an ID or badge before allowing entry. 
  • Call SafeRide - Oxford Area Curb Services (Monday through Saturday 10 pm to 3 am and Sundays 10 pm to 1 am). Call 513.785.5237 or 1.855.42.BCRTA for reservation information.

Home Safety

  • Lock all doors and windows, especially if you are alone, sleeping, or when no one is home. 
    • Insist that ALL roommates have, carry, and use a key
    • Many burglars spend no more than 60 seconds trying to break into a home. Good locks, good lighting, and good neighbors who watch out for each other can be major deterrents to burglars.
    •  Do not hide spare keys outside, especially in "typical" spots like under a welcome mat or on top of a door frame. 
  • Keep the property well lit.  Make sure all outside entrances are lit and keep the outside lights on all night.
    • Report any broken or improperly functioning lights to your property manager immediately. 
    • Be sure you have blinds or curtains on your windows to discourage people from looking in.
  • Make sure your house number is clearly visible and easily found by emergency personnel who may be responding to your home.
  • Report suspicious activity. If something looks questionable - a split screen, an open or broken window, or an open door—do not go in. Call the police immediately from a safe location and keep the home under observation if you can.

Personal Belongings

  • Place valuable items out of sight and in locked areas.
  • Make a list of your valuables - laptops, phones, jewelry, etc. Take photos of the items and list their serial numbers and descriptions. 

You can find additional crime prevention tips at Oxford Police Crime Prevention and Safety and Miami University Police Crime Prevention

Important Contacts

Oxford Police Department: (513) 523-4231 or (513) 524-5240

Emergency: 911 (if dialing from an on-campus land line, dial 9-911)

Oxford Fire Department: (513) 523-6324

Miami University Police: (513) 529-2222

Crime Tip Line: (513) 524-5249