Your Personal Checklist
A safe campus is everybody’s business, and you can take steps to promote your own personal safety.
Situations might arise in your life where you need to think more about your personal safety and you may have to consider having an action plan, depending on your individual circumstances. Your safety plan must be relevant to your needs and be adapted if your situation changes.
The Safer Community Program or Campus Security can assist you to develop a personal safety plan.
Personal Safety Plan Checklist
The following checklist may assist to develop your own plan of action.
- Program the Campus Security emergency number into your mobile phone.
- Know the location and number of the Campus Security Office
- Consider using the Campus Security Escort Service, if you are concerned for your safety.
- Know the location of your local Police station and their telephone number.
- Know the location of your nearest Emergency Blue Telephone on campus.
- Know the nearest public transport point to your destination.
- Park only in well lit areas close to your work.
- Know your surroundings. In the event of an emergency are you able to clearly inform others where you are, giving your exact location?
- Only take essential items with you when visiting the campus.
- Where possible, move around the campus in pairs or groups at night, and stick to well lit popular walkways.
- Have good knowledge of your workplace or study environment. Know where the nearest entry/exit and fire exits are. Know the most convenient escape route.
- Don't allow unknown persons to follow you into buildings that require an access card or key to enter.
- Use the safest option for your entry/exit to your office/study building.
- Ensure secure storage of anything in your work or study area that could be used as a weapon (for example, scissors, rulers, pens). If you become confronted in your workplace or study area, position yourself so there is a natural barrier between the both of you (for example, the desk) and be closest to your exit.
- If possible, vary your routine, don’t set a pattern of when you arrive and leave your work or study location.
- Develop a list of contacts that you are comfortable with seeking advice or assistance from, should the need arise.
- Consider removing your contact details from the University Directory, if necessary.
- Trust your instincts. If you think it’s wrong, you’re probably right.