Prevention is better than cure, is the message from Campus Protection Services, as the new academic year moves up a gear. While UCT is a fairly safe environment, UCT's Campus Protection Services are asking students, particularly freshers, to be alert on and off campus.
"They [the students] come from different backgrounds and this is not to scare them, but to prepare them for the university environment," Gary Dyssel, campus protection manager, said of the safety talks the department conducts as part of the UCT student orientation programme.
Students are asked to:
For students staying in residences, CPS has this advice:
Students and staff leaving the university late are encouraged to use the blue safe route and the CPS escorting service. The escorting service for students means an officer will walk or drive a student from a place of learning to a UCT residence. (Students are not allowed to drive CPS vehicles, though.)
If threatened, even if no weapons are visible, students are advised to hand over their items and try to get good description of the perpetrators and the direction they have headed, to help CPS and the police.
CPS can be reached at 021 650 2222/2121.
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