Personal Security

There are various personal security options available to the UBC community, including, but not limited to, AMS Safe walk, shuttle buses and campus blue phones.

Personal Security

What information is important to enhance personal security in the workplace?

  • Know the location of the nearest phone, alarm and exits.
  • Have emergency numbers posted by the phone.
  • When possible, do not work alone.
  • If you are working alone or in isolation, your supervisor is required to develop a Working Alone Safety Plan with checks at regular intervals.

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What is the best method to approach strangers in the workplace?

  • Be friendly but assertive.
  • Ask if you can direct the person.
  • If the person is hostile, retreat and call Campus Security or 911 in an emergency.
  • Do not attempt to evict the person yourself.

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What information is important to enhance personal security outside the workplace?

  • Walk with someone else whenever possible. Use the AMS Safewalk Program (604-822-5355).
  • Stay in busy, well lit areas. Do not take shortcuts through low-traffic areas.
  • Use caution when stopping to give strangers information or directions, especially at night.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, change directions, cross the street and go to a busy, well lit area. Report the incident to the police immediately.
  • Park your car or bicycle in a busy, well lit area. If this is not possible, or if you are returning to your vehicle late at night, call AMS Safewalk, or have someone accompany you.
  • Be alert as you return to your vehicle. If someone is hanging around – leave. Have your keys ready as you approach. Lock your door and keep your windows rolled up.

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What should you do if you feel threatened?

  • Trust your feelings.
  • Put distance between yourself and the other person.
  • Use assertive verbal language and strong body language.
  • Get the attention of others – YELL!

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What should you do if you witness a crime?

  • Call 911 and then Campus Security (604-822-2222).
  • Do not place yourself in danger by attempting to apprehend or interfere with a suspect.
  • Get a good description of the suspect. Note physical characteristics, clothing, direction and mode of travel.
  • Note the license plate number as well as the make and colour of any vehicle which may be involved.

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