Living in a city can offer residents tremendous opportunities and resources, but also provide some challenges regarding personal safety. Just as in any city, residents of Lexington should take precautions to ensure their safety.
Visit the Lexington Crime Map to see what type of crime is occurring where you would like to live.
1. Always carry a form of personal identification with you.
2. Be wary of isolated spots (e.g. apartment laundry rooms, underground garages, parking lots, dark streets). Walk with a friend or coworker, especially at night.
3. Always keep jewelry and other valuables out of sight.
4. Keep a firm grip on your purse. Use a purse with a secure clasp and keep the purse close to your body with a hand on the clasp.
5. Carry your wallet inside your coat or front pants pocket, never in your rear pants pocket.
6. Park your car in busy, lighted areas.
7. Always lock your car and take the key with you. Consider using an antitheft device for your car.
8. Be aware of your surroundings when using the ATM machine. Look around before conducting a transaction. If you see anyone or anything suspicious, cancel your transaction and go to another ATM. If you must use an ATM after hours, make sure it's well lit.
9. Wherever you are--on the street, waiting for the bus, driving, in a building or classroom--stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
10. Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
11. Know the neighborhoods where you work and live. Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, restaurants and stores that are open late.
12. Never open your door to strangers. Offer to make an emergency call while someone waits outside. Check the identification of sales or service people before letting them in. Don't be embarrassed to phone for verification.
13. Know your neighbors so you have someone to call or a place to go if you're uncomfortable or frightened.
14. If you come home and see a door or window open or broken, don't go in. Call the police from a cell phone.
15. Keep your doors and windows locked, even when you're home.
The University of Kentucky Police Department Daily Crime Log can be found on-line by visiting here. This log contains all of UKPD's activities such as reports taken and arrests made, as well as any incidents reported to the designated Campus Security Authorities. Additionally, crimes occurring on University property that are reported to the Lexington Police are included on this log once the University is notified by the Lexington PD. This site is updated every twenty-four (24) hours Monday through Friday. Additionally, a printed log containing UKPD activity is maintained by the UKPD Telecommunications Office and is available for viewing at all times.
As a member of the University of Kentucky community, we are all required to notify the University of Kentucky Police Department of any situation or incident that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or ongoing threat to the health and safety of UK community.
To report any criminal behavior on our campus, call UKPD immediately at #ukpd from any mobile phone, 911 from any campus phone, use the blue emergency phone towers or the LiveSafe application.
The University of Kentucky’s 2016 Annual Campus Safety and Security Report is available for viewing and/or printing. This report includes the latest statistics for 2015, as well as statistics from 2013 and 2014 concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by UK; and on public property immediately adjacent to campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault and other matters.
UK’s 2016 Annual Fire Report is available for viewing and/or printing. This report includes statistics on fire incidents in residential facilities on campus as well as policies related to fire safety and prevention.