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Street Smarts



What is Suspicious Activity?

Suspicious activity is anything even slightly out of the ordinary for the area or the time of day in which it occurs.  According to Police agencies, the most obvious things to watch for and report are:

-Strangers entering your residence building.
-Strangers trying doors to see if they are unlocked.
-The sound of breaking glass or other loud noises.
-Persons carrying bolt cutters or other tools near bicycles, building entrances or cars.
-Persons running, especially if carrying something valuable may be leaving a crime scene.
-Strangers asking questions about you, another student or staff, when buildings open and close and if there is any security on campus.

Take a proactive role in your community

-Play a proactive role in your community. 
-Get to know the people around you. 
-Share knowledge of safety issues with each other including foot patrol, residence life staff, student centre staff, Community Safety and Security and Brantford Police.
-If you know a crime has been committed or you know how to prevent one, let the people around you know so that they can take steps to protect themselves or their property. 
-We all need to be aware of the environment in which we live, work and study. If you find yourself in danger go to a public place, the police station or Community Safety and Security. 
-Always know your quickest route to get to safety.
-When using a public payphone once you have dialed the number, turn your back to the payphone and talk while looking outward.
-Trust your instincts. 
-If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or situation and leave as soon as possible.  -Call 911 or Community Safety and Security immediately.

Special Constable Service
519-756-8228 ext 5885

Foot Patrol
519-751-7875

Eight Street Smart Tips

1. Carry key chains separate from your purse or back packs.  You will still be able to get into your car, home or residence if you are a victim of crime.
2. Carry cash, credit cards and bank cards in a jacket or pants pocket.
3. If you are a victim, release your purse, wallet or back pack.  Do not risk personal injury.
4. Scream and yell to try and attract attention that may scare off a would be attacker.
5. Keep in mind that anything you carry that can be used as a weapon can be taken away and used against you.
6. Always know where you are and where you can find help if you needed.     
7. Notify financial institutions of lost cards and notify Government Agencies of stolen documents such as Social Insurance Card, Birth Certificate, Driverís Licence, Health Card and Passport.
8. Do not carry with you or give out your Social Insurance number unless it is for work purposes.

Safety Tips

Be aware of your surroundings.  Many crimes occur right under the nose of people who did not notice anything suspicious. You can reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of crime by being alert to your environment. Stay sober and coherent.  Persons under the influence are more likely to be a victim of a serious crime or accident. Your safety and security ultimately depend on you.  You must take responsibility for your own safety. Use well-lit and well-traveled routes, away from alleys, entries and bushes.

Lost or stolen identification or banking cards

Visa

Royal Bank                                1-800-769-2512
TD Canada Trust                        1-800-983-8472
CIBC                                        1-800-663-4575
Scotia Bank                               1-800-387-6556

MasterCard

Bank of Montreal                        1-800-361-3361
MasterCard Services                  1-800-MC-ASSIST (1-800-622-77478)

Driverís Licence
Take birth certificate and one other form of identification to Ministry of Transportation located at 325 A West Street, Brantford 519-753-0352

Birth Certificate                       1-800-461-2156
S.I.N Card                              1-800-206-7218
Health Card                            1-800-268-1154