"Safety is a legitimate concern, but Hopkins takes it very seriously. Our campus is probably one of the safest in the country. If you look at the statistics, you’re safer on our campus than you are walking around most schools. But, if you're going around at night, off campus, you have to be city smart and it's a legit concern."
-Karlo Perica, MD/PhD student
Johns Hopkins, like that of many other urban academic medical centers, is located near a part of the city where residents are struggling to combat problems related to poverty. That makes prospective students ask about campus safety. Johns Hopkins recognizes this concern and has a corporate security department that maintains a security force on Hopkins' East Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Security officers are posted at key areas inside and outside of Hopkins' buildings and continuously patrol all areas of the campus. At any hour, an escort service can be requested.
The truth is that security on campus is rarely an issue for those who exercise ordinary precautions of city living. In fact, the Johns Hopkins medical campus is rather like a small city unto itself: With some 20,000 employees, students and visitors around daily, its hustle-bustle and quiet green spaces exude a feeling of home-town comfort.