Protecting yourself and your property
Having a personal safety plan means thinking about what actions you would take in various situations. Here are some guidelines for developing a safety plan to keep yourself and your property safe on campus.
Your personal safety
- Make sure you know the location of security help phones on campus. Don’t wait for an emergency to learn the location of the phone nearest you
- Recognise potentially dangerous situations before they develop
- Trust your intuition - your sixth sense could save you from danger
- Have a “safe place” you can retreat to if you feel threatened while on campus. Suggested safe places are a library, public areas that are well-lit and occupied, occupied reception desks or security offices. Be prepared to scream or shout loudly if threatened
- Consider taking a self-defence course
- When socialising, don’t drink too much. Alcohol lowers your awareness and increases your vulnerability.
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers. Even if a fellow student or acquaintance offers you a drink, make sure you can see it either poured or opened in front of you. If you are not drinking alcohol you still need to be safe - tea, coffee, milk and milkshakes can also be spiked.
The safety of your property
- Never leave wallets, bags or valuables unsecured or unattended. Not even for a minute
- Only carry enough cash for immediate needs
- Never carry any personal identification numbers (PINs) with you and don’t tell anyone what they are
- Mark all your property clearly using permanent materials
- Always carry your handbag or purse close to you with the opening toward your body
- Don’t put your bag or purse on the floor when in a toilet cubicle
- Always lock your vehicle or office space when you leave it and take all valuables with you
- When leaving a bike, lock the frame to the locking point and lock the wheels as well if possible
- Never lend any access cards or keys to anyone or reveal access door codes
- After hours, do not allow others to enter a building with you
- Do not put your room number on your keys
- Don’t assume everyone else is as honest as you are. Take care of your own property and that of the University.