If you need immediate assistance with a non-police quality of life matter, call our office at 212-581-3774 during normal business hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. After business hours, please call 311. Or you can reach our Security Supervisor at 917-217-8486.
To reach the 20th Precinct, the local Precinct responsible for this neighborhood, call 212-580-6411.
In an emergency, please call 911.
We make sure that Lincoln Square is a safe, friendly neighborhood for everyone-- visitors, residents, concert-goers, area students and employees. It’s a big job that’s met daily by the ten hard-working Public Safety Officers, provided by Summit Security, who make up the BID’s security team. These officers, operating out of a field location generously provided by Ogden CAP Properties LLC, patrol Lincoln Square for 15 continuous hours, seven days a week, notifying the police of any incidents or problems in the district and serving as a uniformed deterrent to crime.
Our Public Safety Officers use GuardTrax – an electronic guard touring system – and are equipped with two-way radios, enabling them to communicate with each other and the BID office. Security schedules are continuously reviewed and modified to reflect changing circumstances and events in the district and the city.
The district has enjoyed a dramatic reduction in crime over the past 14 years, thanks to the dedication of the 20th Precinct’s police officers, with whom our team works closely. We’re proud of the strong relationship we have built with the New York City Police Department and look forward to continuing our joint efforts to maintain and improve security in Lincoln Square.
Our officers also identify and report on a variety of street conditions – such as broken traffic and street lights, non-working public phones, uncollected trash and illegal vending – that affect the quality of life in the district. The team notes any conditions that can be repaired by the BID’s sanitation staff and refers problems that the city must address directly to 311, New York City government’s phone number for reporting quality of life issues and accessing government information.
The public safety team looks out for the public in other more personal ways as well, returning lost wallets and seeking emergency help for the sick and injured, supplying the homeless with printed information on where to go for City services, providing directions and dispensing BID maps and brochures to Lincoln Square’s 23 million visitors each year.
Our Public Safety Officers are our ambassadors—they are here to make your visit and stay in Lincoln Square safe and pleasant. If you need help finding a restaurant, a store, or another destination, or if you need other assistance, look for the Lincoln Square Public Safety Officers throughout the district. Easily identifiable by their navy and red uniforms, they will try and help you by pointing you in the right direction and handing you one of our area maps and/or restaurant guides.
In addition to the daily activities of our Public Safety Officers, the BID often identifies ongoing and/or systemic issues affecting consumer and visitor safety, and then strategically collaborates with other nonprofit and government organizations to address the situation.