Campus and Community Safety Tips
(Provided by Special Constable Service and Brantford Police Services)
1) There is safety in numbers. All too often, as we get older, we forget the lessons of youth imparted to us by our parents. We get older and become complacent. We are never too old to walk with someone, especially after dark. This applies to all genders. If you are unable to walk with a friend or friends, call the Laurier-Brantford Foot Patrol (519-751-7875). They would be happy to walk or drive you to where you need to go. Their motto is “No walk is too short”.
2) Walk in well lit and well traveled areas. People who want to do you harm or that are up to no good, like to be able to hide in the shadows and away from people who might call the police. Sometimes, perceived short cuts could lead you into trouble.
3) Be aware of your surroundings. Know where to run for help if trouble comes your way. Look ahead of you for potential problems so that you can alter your route to avoid them. Complete threat scans. This means look behind you and to the left and right every so often in the event that someone is trying to sneak up on you. Don't get caught day dreaming.
4) Have 9-1-1 and the police administration line programmed into your cell phone. Remember, 9-1-1 is for emergencies only! If you need to contact the Brantford Police for a non-emergency situation, call 519-756-7050.
5) Know where the pay phones are in Laurier-Brantford buildings. They have the administration line for the Brantford Police on them. Also, 9-1-1 is a free call from any payphone. All pay phones have a button for security and Foot Patrol.
6) If you go out anywhere, tell someone. Let them know where you are going, who you are going with and when you are expected back. If you are going to be away longer than expected, call the person you advised and let them know there was a change in plans. That way, if something does happen, the police have a starting point as far as people, times and places are concerned in an attempt to locate you. Every second may count!
7) Discretion is the better part of valor. If someone mouths off to you, walk away. Remember, "Sticks and Stones". Words and names won't hurt you as much as someone who may have a weapon on them or is an accomplished fighter. Some people try to bait others into a fight. Don't fall for it. Also, some mentally ill person may approach you and say and do things out of the ordinary. Don't stare at these people or tease them. They can become very violent if provoked and quite frankly, it's just not a nice thing to do. Remember, you may have enjoyed a much better life compared to these people. Act like the adult you are and show some compassion.
8) Remember, if you see a crime, report it. Just because it might not have happened to you, you could be the next one it happens to! The police can't get these people off the streets if we don't have your help. Get as much information as you can about the person who is committing the crime without putting yourself in danger. Get a description, a licence plate, anything that may help identify a criminal. You are not a "RAT" if you do this. "RAT" stands for "Right Action Taken".
9) Avoidance is a key component to your own safety. Refrain from going to establishments that draw people that you do not want to be involved with or where it is known that drugs and violence are a regular occurrence.
10) Use Foot Patrol (519-751-7875). They will walk or drive you home. Foot Patrol is available 7 days a week. Remember - No walk is too short. All pay phones on campus have the number programmed into them so it is a free call.
11) Call campus security if you need assistance with safety or security. For emergencies please call 519-756-8228 ext 5888. For non-emergencies, please call ext. 5762. All pay phones on campus have the emergency contact number programmed into them so it is a free call. Campus security can walk you to your home or car if Foot Patrol is not available. If assistance is needed and/or a crime is being committed call Campus Security immediately. Any pay phone can call 911 as a free call.
12) Emergency Numbers and numbers for assistance are posted on campus on the pink sheets beside the pay phones and in the washrooms.
13) Do not prop open doors as this breaches the security of the building and your own security. Do not give your one card to friends and report any lost or stolen one cards to the Student Services office 756-8228 ext 5716.
14) Don’t live your life in fear.