Office of Student Life

Risk and Emergency Management

Crime Prevention and Security

The Risk and Emergency Management Department works closely with campus police to provide safety and security training programs.

We analyze emerging crime trends by partnering with the following organizations:

  • Columbus Police
  • Clinton Township Police
  • OSU Police
  • University Security
  • Columbus area Security Directors
  • Off Campus Safety Committee

Theft Prevention

Protect your valuables with ultraviolet invisible marking as part of the Student Affairs Risk Assessment project to reduce theft. Its FREE. Marking your property will help to establish ownership as well as promote recovery if the item is lost or stolen. Be a partner in theft prevention.

Materials for marking are available at:

  • Off Campus Student Services
  • Community Crime Patrol
  • University Police
  • University Security Services and Fire Prevention
  • Residence Hall RA

Bug Your Bike

The Ohio State University, the City of Columbus, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) have teamed up to expand the campus Bug Your Bike bicycle registration program city-wide. The City of Columbus Bug Your Bike program, which includes bicycle registration and a radio frequency identification device (RFID) for bicycles, is free. A registered bicycle that is lost or stolen is more likely to be found and returned. To register your bicycle online or for more details, visit

Ohio Bicycle Law and Information

Bicycle Safety Tips

ID Theft Prevention Tips

  • Protect your BuckID-it is your residence hall key, your "checkbook," your identity! Don't lose it or loan it.
  • Keep anything with your personal information on it stored somewhere safe and out of sight.
  • Shred mail before you throw it away.
  • Review your credit card and bank statements each month with care.
  • When you receive a new credit or debit card, cut up the old one.
  • File or shred credit card receipts with your card number on them.
  • Take only the ID you need when going out.
  • Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.
  • Use computer passwords that aren't easy to guess. Mix numbers and letters.
  • If you are a victim of ID theft: 1) Call police; 2) Contact credit card companies and financial institutions; and 3) Close any account that has been tampered with.  

 Annual Security and Fire Prevention Report

The Annual Security and Fire Prevention Report is available at the University Public Safety site. Annual crime statistics can also be located at that site.

 Personal Safety Tips

  • Lock your door, even if just going down the hall.
  • Do not leave messages on your door about where you are going or when you will return.
  • Keep ground level windows closed or use a safety lock.
  • Do not leave tempting valuables visible inside your parked car.
  • Record serial numbers and descriptions of valuable property.
  • Do not put your address or attach your BuckID to your key ring.
  • Walk in groups of three or more at night, or call Student Safety Services for an escort at 614-292-3322.
  • Always lock your car.
  • Use well lighted pathways at night.

 Other Helpful Links

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