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Indianapolis 101: Safety

Highlights some Indianapolis activities, neighborhoods, and resources for new Butler students and their families



Safety in Indianapolis

Safety Tips

All four seasons are part of Indiana living. The Department of Transportation offers winter driving tips, summer driving tips, and the state offers weather safety tips for a variety of seasonal hazards.

The Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security offers crowd safety tips.  Indianapolis is familiar with crowds, what with the Indianapolis 500, Super Bowl, Indianapolis Colts games, and a wealth of conventions year-round.

You may think you're savvy about computer and cybersecurity, but the local homeland security awareness page includes some resources you might not have considered. 

Tornado awareness, thunder and lightning, winter weather, and flooding awareness are common and important in the Hoosier state. Earthquakes in Indianapolis are rare but possible, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers a map of earthquake zones in the United States that can give you more information. Heat can also be an issue as well, and the National Weather Service site is a fine historical and current resource. 

Police Resources

Police Departments

Police departments are highly concerned with the safety of everyone within Indianapolis. They provide a variety of good, reliable resources to do so.

Butler encourages students and staff to sign up for the Dawg Alert emergency notification system.

Butler University Police Department - Website

Contacting BUPD:

University Police Operations Center: 317-940-BUPD—Option #1
Emergency number from campus IP phone: Dial 911
Emergency number from cell phone (pre-program your cell): 317-940-9999

BUPD provides tips on personal safety and several services for Butler students:

  • Dawg Ride - a transportation service for students who might not want to walk home at night; students can request a ride through the Tap Ride app in the App Store
  • Outdoor Emergency Call Boxes - these are located around campus, and when used, will allow immediate access to a uniformed police officer
  • BUPD Twitter - this account has timely updates and information concerning campus matters

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department - Website

Contacting IMPD:

Non-Emergency Dispatch: (317) 327-3811
Emergency: 911


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937

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