Bloomington, Indiana is, overall, a safe community. But like many cities of its size, crime does occur. That’s why we want to make sure Indiana University students take appropriate steps to be as safe as possible.
In the last few weeks, two sexual assaults were reported on the Clear Creek and B-Line pedestrian trails. Both incidents occurred well away from campus and did not represent a threat to the campus community. However, it is important that we all remember to be mindful of our surroundings — whether enjoying a familiar environment or exploring some place new.
Here are a few tips:
- Stay in populated areas.
- Explore new areas of town with a friend(s).
- Be aware of your surroundings by listening to “nature’s soundtrack.” Wearing earbuds for music or talking on the phone can mask the sound of approaching people.
The Bloomington Police Department has assured the community that the trails are safe, citing a recent report noting that one percent of all cases reported in 2016 occurred on these paths. The City of Bloomington is working to further ensure public safety by installing video cameras on two sections of the B-Line Trail, which runs through downtown.
I look forward to a safe and a successful academic year at Indiana University. If you have any questions or concerns, I invite you to contact me, staff in the Division of Student Affairs, or representatives from the IU Police Department.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Dean of Students