If I'm next to a blue light, then are muggers less likely to mug me?

<p>What if I'm slightly away from Yale Campus? (namely, on Winchester)</p>

<p>If you are not wandering around alone and after dark you are less likely to be mugged regardless of where the blue lights are. ;)</p>

<p>^^ And that applies to any college campus, not just Yale!</p>

<p>Okay but assume that I get into the situation where I have to wander around at dark (it does occasionally happen). Then...?</p>

<p>In any city, be it D.C., New York, New Haven, Boston, Chicago, Miami etc, you need to have street-smarts. See:
Before</a> You Walk Alone in the Dark
Metropolitan</a> Police Department: Guarding Against Robbery and Assault
<a href="http://www.dps.unc.edu/Police/crimeprevention/securitytips/personalsafetytips.cfm%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.dps.unc.edu/Police/crimeprevention/securitytips/personalsafetytips.cfm&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>To encourage students NOT to walk alone at night, most colleges, including Yale, provide escort services by campus security. see: Security</a> at Yale | Yale College and <a href="http://publicsafety.yale.edu/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://publicsafety.yale.edu/&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p>

<p>"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)."</p>

<p>I can understand why security is a concern but there is no subsitute for common sense. Yale doesn't shut down once the sun goes down. But it's not a place where people are terrorized randomly.</p>

<p>For me, I wouldn't hesitate one second to send either of my daughters to Yale. They have good smarts and take reasonable precautions as my wife and I have taught them. Is anything guranteed? Certainly not. But we refuse to live in a bunkered world.</p>

<p>By the way, most on-campus crime deals with students stealing from one another or stuff affiliated with alcohol.</p>

<p>Good luck to you on your college experience.</p>

<p>is new haven that unsafe that one has to worry about this? i always thought these blue lights were only there to show that the university is concerned about its students.
i mean i never had a problem with wandering around alone in palo alto...</p>

<p>^^ Blue lights appear on EVERY campus -- you can find them on rural campus' in Iowa and in city campus' such as Chicago. Growing up in New York City, my son finds New Haven -- at least the area surrounding the Yale campus -- to be relatively safe. I think it all depends on what you are used to.</p>

<p>okay maybe i'm just too used to the safety around munich, never had a gun pointed at me or something like that around here :P</p>

<p>I doubt there are any students at Yale who have had guns pointed at them, at least while they were at Yale. I'm reasonably certain that there is more street crime around Yale than around Stanford, and probably that's true compared to downtown Munich, too, but that means someone may steal your bicycle when you are not looking, or try to snatch your knapsack and run away. Pointing a gun at you would be very, very, very rare; I've never heard anyone say that happened to them at Yale.</p>

<p>Our family is looking at Yale as a possibility for our daughter and in the last few years there have been several cases of students being robbed at gunpoint. It does happen.</p>

<p>Three</a> students mugged over weekend | Yale Daily News</p>

<p>Three</a> Yale students robbed at gunpoint - Topix</p>

<p>Is two cases several? The last one was almost a year and a half ago. I think considering the amount of students around the New Haven area each year it would still be classified as rare. Again, if you aren't smart walking around any urban city you can find trouble but it only takes a little common sense to avoid the risks.</p>

<p>There have been others. One of our daughter's older friends at Yale was mugged at gunpoint last school year and never reported it. She didn't want to talk to anyone except her closest friends about it and sought outside counseling. I was responding to the previous poster who had said that this never happens at Yale. It does happen. New Haven is not the safest of cities. I can tell you this from personal experience.</p>

<p>Parts of New Haven are depressed and unsafe, but the Yale campus itself is safe, stunning, and pulsing with energy, and students learn quickly where and when to travel. My kid actually loves the grit factor, and it's tough to match Yale for sheer vibrancy. </p>

<p>Families for whom safety is an overriding concern should avoid urban campuses. And crime can happen anywhere.</p>

<p>I don't think anyone on here claimed it was one of the safest cities and the other poster merely stated he/she never heard of anyone being robbed at gunpoint and doubted it happens. This is different than stating it never happens. Your contribution might hold more weight if you had previously posted anything on CC other than this comment. Again, if one is reasonably cautious and does not travel alone at night outside of campus, one should not have any concerns about safety.</p>

<p>Excuse me, but the two of you don’t need to be insulting. The previous poster had strongly implied that any such stories about students being faced with the threat of an armed mugging were questionable. That is not true and I think others should know it. The news stories speak for themselves and stand independent from any question as to the “weight” of my comments. I am new to this forum as our daughter is a junior and just now considering colleges and we live very close to New Haven so please don’t tell me I don’t understand the situation. Of course Yale is a very good school but those who suggest that these events don’t take place are delusional. While I’m not going to tell my own story in a public forum I can tell you that unless you’ve experienced New Haven crime personally, as I have, your opinions don’t count for much.</p>

<p>And what did anyone say to you that was insulting?</p>

<p>it's a good idea to avoid urban campuses generally you're looking for NO crime. if you pick an urban campus, there will be some crime in the city, tho' it's rarely near or on-campus. for example, here's a link to robberies last spring (spring 2011) of Harvard students at gunpoint and knifepoint. </p>

<p>Pfoho</a> Male Held at Gunpoint Near Quad | News | The Harvard Crimson</p>

<p>all of this is rare, but it can happen at any urban campus. a couple years ago, Harvard had a murder in a dorm. a non-student was allowed into the dorm by a current undergrad, and some sort of drug deal went bad. Ex-Harvard</a> Student Brittany Smith Sentenced to Three Years in Prison | News | The Harvard Crimson</p>

<p>rare doesn't mean never. if you want never, maybe princeton is the place to go -- it's a really good school and a quiet campus away from cities</p>

<p>Quiet campuses aren't immune. Like I said, the bulk of actual crime is assault and larceny -- which happens anywhere there are humans 18-22 years old are gathered.</p>