Personal Security at the University

Campus Enforcement and Patrol Emergency Number: 864-4100 or through regional emergency services at 9-911. Note: When utilizing 911, a follow-up call should be made to Campus Enforcement and Patrol.

  1. Campus Security and Police Response
  2. Personal Security Procedures in Your Building
  3. Leaving for the Night
  4. Encountering Strangers in Your Workplace
  5. Personal Safety Tips
  6. Parking Safety
  7. Preventing Theft
  8. Preventing Vandalism
  9. Other Services Offered by Campus Enforcement
  10. For More Information...

1. Campus Security and Police Response

Immediately report any suspicious persons or circumstances to Campus Enforcement and Patrol. We will notify the police, if necessary. If the situation is urgent or involves criminal activity, call 911.


2. Personal Security Procedures in Your Building

  • Consider a sign in/sign out book. You can then determine whether there are others in the building. Keep the sign in/sign out book in a secure area.
  • If there are two of you working in different offices, have a system where you check on each other.
  • Washrooms used after hours should have a lock on the door. After hours, keep washroom locked. Give keys only to authorized staff.
  • When working after hours, check washrooms at the start to ensure they are clear and locked.
  • When entering a washroom, if you sense anything wrong, back off, return to the safety of your office, and call Campus Enforcement and Patrol.
  • If there is no one else working in your building, consider a "contact" off campus.
    • Phone home or a friend every so often.
    • If your contact doesn't hear from you as prearranged, she should first call your office.
    • If there is no answer, she should call CEP.
    • You should also tell your contact where you have parked so that CEP can check to see if your car is still there.
    • If you have to go to another area of the building or another building on campus and you are uncomfortable, call CEP for a safe escort.

3. Leaving for the Night

When leaving for the night, proceed slowly.

  • Check carefully for suspicious persons or circumstances before you leave the safety of the office.
  • Look and listen. Stop on the way out and look and listen again before proceeding.
  • If you become at all suspicious, return to your office and call Security for assistance.
  • Campus Enforcement and Patrol have an escort service for faculty, staff, or students who want an officer to walk them to their car.

4. Encountering Strangers in Your Workplace

If you encounter strangers in your building and you are unable to avoid them:

  • Do not confront them.
  • Do not block their exit route.
  • Act unconcerned as you continue on your way.
  • When you can do so in safety, call CEP.
  • If a stranger persists in speaking to you, say you are "meeting Mr. Smith in room 123 and you must hurry."
  • Lead the stranger to believe that there are other people in the building.
  • If possible, make notes of the intruder's appearance or the suspicious incident and pass this information along to CEP or the police.

5. Personal Safety Tips

These general precautions will help you feel and be safe. You will find the following tips helpful, especially at night, not only while attending classes but in your off-campus activities.

  • Consider buying a backpack for carrying books. This allows your arms to be free.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and shoes that allow you to easily run or kick.
  • Be aware of alternate or escape routes and safe places.
  • Consider enrolling in a self-defense course that covers emotional, verbal, and physical self-defense. Be aware of your options and develop skills in using them.
  • Do not expose expensive jewellery, money, or the contents of your purse or bag.
  • Plan your route and avoid shortcuts through dark, untravelled areas. Take the most direct, frequently travelled route.
  • Walk with companions whenever possible and be aware of approaching strangers.
  • Be cautious with personal information.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation feels threatening, leave and/or seek assistance.
  • Familiarize yourself with the locations of phones. Because it may be a pay phone you are using, make sure you always have some quarters.
  • When working alone at night, consider staying in contact with CEP when possible or other colleagues or friends.
  • Consider personal security devices that emit a loud sound.

6. Parking Safety

  • Park near a light standard if possible and close to your building and/or the entrance to the lot.
  • Try to park in the same lot and same location on the lot as classmates.
  • When leaving your car:
    • Make sure your car is locked.
    • Ensure the windows are closed.
    • Make note of where you have parked.
    • Make note of neighbouring buildings and businesses that you might take refuge in if necessary.
  • When returning to your car:
    • Have your keys in hand so you do not have to linger before unlocking the door.
    • Be observant as you approach your car. Check under the vehicle as you approach it.
    • Check inside your vehicle before entering to make sure no one is hiding inside, even if the doors were locked.
    • If you notice something unusual either around your car or in your car, continue walking to a safe place and call CEP, where available, or the police.
  • Getting to your car:
    • Walk with companions.
    • Utilize SafeWalk programs where available.
    • Get your instructor to arrange walking groups.
    • Make sure you have some knowledge of the person you are walking with.
    • Make sure others are aware of who you are walking with.
  • Bus Safety - If you travel by bus:
    • Check the timetable for your route in advance of your bus trip.
    • Keep a copy of the bus schedule for reference in case you must leave earlier or later.
    • Plan to arrive at the bus stop only a few minutes before departure time.
    • Be aware of your surroundings walking to and from the bus stop.
    • Walk with confidence and purpose
    • If someone bothers you on the bus, tell the driver immediately.
    • Once the bus has come to a stop, exit via the front doors. Disembark carefully, looking both ways for bicycles that may pass the bus on the right-hand side.

7. Preventing Theft

The most common crime is theft of personal property such as wallets, handbags, and carrying bags of all kinds and theft from automobiles. It takes only seconds for a thief to steal your valuables.

To guard against theft is to discourage would-be thieves. Once they learn there is nothing to steal, they will stop hanging around your area. This in turn will contribute to overall safety.

  • Keep your personal property with you at all times.
  • Never leave anything unattended in any area even if you are only leaving for a brief break.
  • Do not carry large sums of money.
  • Maintain a list of personal property, including credit cards and identification numbers. In the event of theft, such a list helps you identify and recover your property and file insurance claims.
  • Avoid leaving easily removable articles such as books, assignments, and other valuable articles in plain view inside your vehicle.
  • Personal valuables can be easily identified when engraved with your Driver's Licence number or other identity number. The number will instantly verify ownership to police if articles are recovered from persons suspected of theft.
  • If something of yours is stolen, call the police and Campus Enforcement and Patrol, and report it immediately.

8. Preventing Vandalism

By helping to prevent acts of vandalism, you are contributing to a safer place and also saving yourself and others money as the public pays for it in the long run.

Help prevent acts of vandalism by:

  • Increasing your awareness and vigilance of what is happening in your area.
  • Reporting acts of vandalism.
  • Setting an example of discouraging vandals.

If you witness an act of vandalism in your area or your property is vandalized, report it to Campus Enforcement and Patrol and the police.


9. Other Services Offered by Campus Enforcement and Patrol

  • Safe escorts — Anywhere on campus, indoors or outdoors.
  • Emergency phones — Phones with "no coin emergency" buttons that connect to Campus Enforcement and Patrol with no money required.

10. For More Information

Contact CEP at 864-8561 or 777-7280 at the Health Sciences Centre.