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.