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.

Theft Prevention

Office

  • 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.

Student Residence

  • 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.

UTM Library

  • 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.