Recent Security Enhancements
The Johns Hopkins University has been very active in recent years in reinforcing safety and security for our Homewood campus students, faculty and staff, investing millions of dollars in new security measures.
Those measures include:
- increased foot, bike, Segway, club car, and motor patrols, both on campus and off-campus in the neighborhoods, with our own officers, contract guards and off-duty Baltimore police that we hire each evening and night.
- Nearly 186 "smart" closed-circuit TV cameras on and around campus. (“Smart” CCTV uses computer algorithms that “watch” what is happening in a camera’s field of view and alert human monitors to potentially suspicious or dangerous behavior.) There are also 129 CCTV cameras operating without the “smart” technology.
-an upgraded network of 113 on- and off-campus emergency telephones, many of them are in close proximity to our CCTV cameras so that operators in our Security Communications Center can swing a camera around to the emergency phone and keep watch on the person making the call.
-increased access control in residence halls, including required swipe cards and human monitors.
- A text message alert system and campus-wide public address to alert students, faculty and staff to imminent threats to safety.
Homewood Campus Safety and Security has established a program of weekly neighborhood security walks for students, including freshman residence halls, Greek organizations and other student groups. These evening tours familiarize students with the area and educate them on appropriate “streetwise” precautions. A sharp-eyed student on one of the tours spotted a burglar, resulting in an arrest.
We also educate our students starting at freshman orientation and throughout their time on campus, with information sessions, daily reports, security alerts, free security inspections of student off-campus residences, posters, classes, ride-along patrols and other activities.
Collaboration with law enforcement
Our relationship with the Baltimore City Police Department has become stronger and stronger in recent years. The department is responsive to our requests for reinforcements as problems and patterns arise. We also have established direct dispatcher-to-dispatcher and even officer-to-officer contact between Johns Hopkins security and Baltimore police to improve collaboration and response time.
Collaboration with other university departments
The Office of Facilities and Real Estate recently took responsibility for and revamped the campus shuttle service, which provides students with safe transportation on multiple routes around the neighborhood during the evening and at night. We encourage students to use the shuttle services routinely.