Personal Safety Information
In its effort to promote personal safety, UTM employs a number of safety measures and programs throughout the campus.
Some of these include
- No cost dialing on all pay phones for the 911 service or the Campus Police emergency line
- Numerous closed circuit television cameras that monitor and record activities at various locations throughout the campus
- More than 60 emergency telephones located at strategic locations throughout the campus that let Campus Police know exactly where the caller is
- Enhanced lighting in parking lots and walkways
- Walksafer program
- Frequent patrols by Campus Police
- Crime/News alerts
- Personal Safety seminars
- Road Safety Week
- Assisting with safety audits
- Fire Wardens training
- Emergency Response Guidelines
- First Aid training
General Safety Tips
- Familiarize yourself with the locations of the campus emergency phones and pay phones.
- Avoid walking alone through isolated areas of the campus. At night, try to stay in well-lit areas and travel routes that are frequented by others.
- Make use of the Walksafer program.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy about a situation or person, remove yourself from that situation.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, indicate your suspicion by looking behind you. Make your way to a place where there are other people and use your cell phone or campus emergency phone to call Campus Police or 911. Try to obtain a description of the person following you.
- Always walk with an air of confidence when alone or in an isolated area. This can help reduce your risk of becoming a target of crime.
- Use a buddy system when going out and agree to watch out for each other.
- Do not abuse drugs or alcohol since your ability to make safe and responsible decisions will be seriously compromised.
- Carry a cellular phone with you and always carry emergency cab fare.
Parking Lot Safety
- Always try to park in a well-lit area.
- Lock your doors and keep your windows rolled up.
- Keep valuables out of sight — place them in the trunk.
- Ask for a Walksafer or Campus Police escort to your vehicle late at night.
- Have your keys ready as you approach your vehicle.
- Check the interior of your vehicle for anything suspicious before getting in.
- Lock your doors after getting into your vehicle.
- Always lock your door when you leave your office, even for a short time.
- Lock your wallet or purse in a desk drawer.
- Only carry the credit cards that you use frequently and leave the rest in a safe place at home.
- Report any suspicious person or activity to the Campus Police.
- Lock your doors and windows when not in your room or house. If you share your unit with others, ensure that their guests understand that your room is off limits.
- Keep a record, with serial numbers, of your valuables.
- Ensure laptop and desktop computers are secured using locks and cables available at retail stores or online.
- Do not hide keys outside, leave it with a trusted neighbour.
- Draw your curtains or window shades when not at home.
- Do not bring valuables into the library if you will be there for an extended period of time.
- Do not leave your books, purse, wallet, mobile electronic devices, laptops or any other valuables unattended, even for a short time.
- Report any suspicious persons to library staff or Campus Police.