DC Security

Welcome
Active Shooter
Annual Clery Act Report
Bike Safety
LiveSafe
Lost and Found
RAVE Emergency Alert

SAIS Emergency Contact Information

24/7 Emergency phone number: 202-663-5808
DC - Security cell phone number: 202-507-0890
Security Email Address: dcsecurity@jhu.edu

For all other emergencies, or if the school's Emergency number is unavailable, please call 911.

Active Shooter

An Active Shooter is an individual(s) engaged in killing or attempting to kill people often at random in a confined area. Be prepared and know how to respond!

FEMA Active Shooter On-Line Course (Video, 45 minutes) 
How to Respond to an Active Shooter Booklet (.pdf) 
How to Respond Poster (.pdf) 
How to Respond Pocket Guide (.pdf)

What can you do to be prepared? 
  1. Please take the time to view the videos and print or review the attached materials. 
  2. Know your environment and any possible dangers. 
  3. Always know your surroundings and the nearest exits. 
  4. Whenever you see something suspicious, immediately contact the Nitze guard at 202-663-7796
How do you respond? 
  1. Evacuate - always have an escape route in mind, leave belongings, keep hands visible. 
  2. Hide Out - lock yourself in the room, silence your cellular phone. 
  3. Take Action - as a last resort.
The videos and resources below are made available to assist you in the preparation and response to an Active Shooter Incident. 

Run, Hide, Fight-Surviving an Active Shooter Incident (Video, 6 minutes)

Annual Clery Act Report

Crime Statistics
Data reflected in the following statistical presentations of crime on and about Hopkins campuses and centers are a compilation of reports received directly into the various security department and center directors’ offices, the various offices of student services, other named campus authorities, and respective police departments of jurisdiction.

Note: The change in reporting criteria in 1999 significantly expanded the geographic area from which crime figures are derived. As a result, in some instances, reflected increases relate more to a larger reporting area as opposed to an increase in the level of criminal activity on a particular campus.

Click here to view the Clery Act Report.

Johns Hopkins SAIS assumes no responsibility for bikes that are stolen, damaged, lost, or left on racks.

Many students have bicycles, which are convenient modes of transportation anywhere in the city. There are bike racks outside the Nitze and Rome buildings. It is suggested that cyclists wear protective helmets and use a U-Lock mechanism to secure their bikes. Secure the frame of your bike to a solid object. If you have a releasable wheel or bicycle seat, it also should be secured. However, individuals should be aware that no matter how sophisticated your lock, your bike will not be immune to theft. Students are encouraged to register their bicycles with the National Bicycle Registry (NBR). Visit www.nationalbikeregistry.com or call 1.800.848.BIKE for details.

Although Washington is a bike-friendly city, traffic accidents involving bicycles happen frequently and can result in serious injuries. In addition to wearing a helmet, you can minimize your risk of injury by taking steps like utilizing bike lanes, using proper hand signals, equipping bikes with reflectors, headlights, taillights, horns and mirrors, riding with the flow of traffic, and always staying alert.

You can take your bike on Metro, except on weekdays from 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. You can bring your bike on Metrobus anytime as long as there is space on the rack in front of the bus. No additional fees apply.

Bike-sharing programs allow you to rent a bike from one of many stations around town and return it to that or any other station. For example, through Capital Bikeshare (https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/), you can sign up for a year-long membership ($85), for 30 days ($28) or three days ($17), or one day ($8). Up-to-the-minute status updates on bike availability may be available online or through smartphones.

A small handheld bike pump is located at the Nitze guard desk. It is meant for only very temporary use, requiring the requestor’s driver’s license (or government issued ID as the case may be) as collateral until the bike pump is returned.

Security Awareness Tips:

Guide on Traffic Laws and Helpful Guidance on Bicycle Safety:

Scooters/mopeds/electric skateboards Policy

Inside SAIS buildings: 
Students/Visitors/Faculty/Staff: Cannot bring bicycles, scooters, hoverboards or electric skateboards into any SAIS facility. No bicycles, scooters or electric skateboards in coatrooms or lobby areas at any time. Exception – Faculty and/or staff may bring bicycles inside only if storing in an individual office.

Outside SAIS buildings: 
No motorized vehicles such as mopeds, scooters (unless personally owned and locked) or motorcycles in courtyards or locked to bike racks. Bird/Lime (or similar) scooters must be left on the sidewalk. Bicycles and personally owned scooter can only be locked to bike racks provided in the Nitze front courtyard, the Rome courtyard and the BOB underground parking lot. Locking or placing a bicycle, scooters, hoverboards or electric skateboards in any other place on campus will result in lock cutting and impoundment.

LiveSafe App


LiveSafe is mobile safety app for SAIS students, faculty, and staff.

App Features:

  • Tips: Anonymously reach DC campus security to submit information about suspicious activity, harassment, noise complaints, mental health problems and any other safety issues you may experience. Option to add photos, audio, or video to your message enabling officers to better respond to the issue.
  • SafeWalk: Allows users to add friends, share your location when you leave a location, stay in constant communication with those friends while you walk to your destination, and send a group chat when you reach your destination safely. If you run into trouble you can contact police from within the app.
  • Talk or Chat Options: Two-way communication with DC campus security via chat or phone.
  • Instant Emergency Connection: In the case of an emergency where you need immediate assistance you can choose to contact 911, or campus security. If you choose to call or message campus police, location tracking will begin, allowing officers to respond to your exact location.

Lost and Found

Effective immediately there is a new Lost and Found policy in effect for the JHU DC campus. All items that are turned into lost and found will be brought to the 8th floor of the BOB building for storage. The hours for the lost and found are Monday – Friday, 7am – 7pm.  Students should go to a security officer at the front desk of any of the JHU buildings for assistance. The security officer will arrange for someone to meet you on the 8th floor.  Any items found by students can be turned over to any security officer at the JHU DC campus. 

RAVE Emergency Alert Text Message System   

The RAVE Emergency Text Message System is another tool used by Campus Safety and Security to immediately broadcast emergency information. The system is available only to Johns Hopkins affiliates (students, faculty and staff) and will be employed only for the three annual tests or upon confirmation of a significant incident that presents imminent danger on the Homewood campus. A short text message will be sent to the cell phone of each subscriber.

If you are not yet a JHEA subscriber, you can sign up on the myJHU portal. After signing in with your JHED ID, go to the myProfile tab, click Emergency Alerts, update your information and select Receive Emergency Alerts . Remember to click Save myProfile when you are done.