Bowdoin College is a safe campus, Brunswick is a safe town, and Maine is a safe state. Violent crime is exceedingly rare. Property crimes like theft are more likely. Bowdoin has a vigilant security department and Brunswick has a fine police force, but no college campus is a crime-free utopia.

It serves no purpose to victimize yourself with unwarranted fear. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity that are easily prevented with simple common sense and calm awareness. Don’t walk alone at night in secluded or poorly lit areas. Don’t engage in reckless, high-risk behavior. Don’t prop your doors open. Don’t leave drinks unattended at a party. And don’t leave yourself defenseless or vulnerable by taking illicit drugs or becoming intoxicated.

Bowdoin does everything it reasonably can to create a safe environment, but ultimately you alone are responsible for your personal safety. Although campus safety is a community responsibility, your safety is largely determined by your choices. Together, with the common good in mind, we create a safe community by being aware, reporting suspicious activity, and caring for each other’s well-being.

Never hesitate to call the Office of Safety and Security at 207-725-3500 when you need help, when you sense that something is wrong, or when someone is in danger. Listen to your intuition and act.

The Office of Safety and Security is committed to your safety. With your help, we will keep Bowdoin one of the safest college campuses in the country.

Randy Nichols Associate Director of Safety and Security
Randy Nichols

Bill Harwood

Executive Director

Associate Director


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