The Campus Security Office has an open door policy and works in partnership with the other student services offices on campus toward ensuring a safe campus environment. Students are encouraged to voice any security concerns that they may have directly to Director Rodney Giacomelli.
Campus Security Emergencies
Campus Escort Van
Baltimore Police and Baltimore City Fire Department
Maryland Poison Control Center
Johns Hopkins University Campus Police
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410-516-7781 or 1-800-548-9004
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As with any urban campus, security is an important concern for every member of the Peabody community. The Campus Security Office provides a full range of security services to the campus community 24 hours a day. Guided by its community-based philosophy, the department maintains a dedicated staff, some of whom are commissioned police officers with full arrest powers. Campus Security is charged with the responsibility of reporting, investigating, and taking action on crimes
that are committed on campus, maintaining Campus Security and order, responding to medical emergencies, reporting safety hazards and maintenance problems, and reporting and/or taking action on violations of school policies. Campus Security also assists authorized individuals with gaining access to locked rooms. A number of closed circuit cameras around the perimeter of the Peabody Institute record activities for security and safety purposes.
When an entrance to the campus is opened for any length of time, Campus Security personnel will be stationed at the door to monitor people entering campus and to check IDs. At all other times, the doors are kept locked to prevent unwanted stranger traffic. Each outside entrance point, except for the main entrance, has an intercom box located next to the card reader and is monitored by camera. The intercom may be used to contact the Campus Security desk officer, if you are having trouble. To operate the intercom, just push the call button on the box. There is no need to hold the button in for any length of time.
Only persons possessing an active Peabody ID card will be able to enter the campus by using the card-key access system. All others must use the main entrance located at 17 East Mount Vernon Place. All student ID cards are de-activated the day after commencement in May. Students may have their ID cards re-activated for the summer at the Campus Security Office, provided they have pre-registered for the following semester.
All outside entrances to the campus are operable through the use of an active ID/card-key unless otherwise noted.
Crime alerts and advisories are generated and posted when Campus Security or Baltimore Police receive reports of crimes considered to be a threat to the community. These alerts and advisories are posted on the Campus Security website and on crime prevention bulletin boards. A broadcast email may also be disseminated. These bulletin boards are used to post crime bulletins, crime prevention tips, and other relevant information.
For additional information, contact Campus Security at 667-208-6608 or refer to the Annual Security Report, which is available to all campus community members and guests on the Campus Security website at http://pages.jh.edu/security/annual_report.pdf.
The Peabody escort van service is available to transport to and from campus all members of the Peabody community who live within its approximately one square mile operating radius. Transportation is available during the academic year from 6:00 pm to 3:45 am.
Riders requesting van pick-ups at off-campus locations should call 667-208-6608 at least five minutes prior to the departure of the van from the campus. The van normally leaves the campus on the half hour. The escort van is not a taxi service and may not be used for transportation between two off-campus locations or to run errands.
In the event of an emergency, the Residence Life Office, Student Affairs Office, or Campus Security can arrange for transportation via Peabody’s van or via emergency transport vehicles.
The Campus Security Office coordinates the school’s lost and found service. If you find somebody else’s possessions, please turn the items into the Campus Security Office. If you are missing something, check with Campus Security first. Found property is disposed of after 90 days.
If you are the victim of a crime, be sure to report it. If the crime has occurred on campus, near campus, or while you were en-route to campus, report it to Campus Security. Sometimes a pattern of criminal activity can be identified and others can avoid becoming victims if we know about incidents as they happen. Campus Security can help you file a report with the city police, if necessary.
If a wallet is stolen, cancel all credit cards immediately. If one of the stolen items was a bank card, call the bank and cancel access to bank accounts through that card. Under no circumstances should a bank card access number be shared over the telephone (legitimate bank officials never ask to verify your card access number in this manner).
If keys are stolen with personally identifiable information, those locks should be changed. Lost student ID/access cards should be reported to Campus Security immediately. Not only will the card be replaced, but the officers will also be on alert to catch the individual trying to use it for access to campus.
Report strange persons or suspicious activity to Campus Security immediately. Personal diligence helps Peabody maintain a safe environment, particularly by reporting any safety hazards that might be observed.
Campus Security patrols the public areas on each floor of the residence hall and Peabody Living Center periodically during the day. Residents should be aware of steps they can take to keep their living area safe and secure.
- When a room is unoccupied, no matter for how brief a period, the door should be locked.
- Residents should immediately report suspicious persons or people they do not recognize to a resident assistant, Campus Security officer, or the Residence Life or Student Affairs staff.
- Record make, model, serial number, and any other identifying information of your valuable possessions. Put a copy of this information in a safe place (i.e. with parents, safety deposit box, etc.).
- Students should consider protecting their possessions, especially expensive instruments, jewelry, and electronic equipment, with insurance. In some cases, parents’ homeowner’s insurance will cover the student’s property. Campus Security can engrave your personal property with identifying information free of charge.