With students and staff returning to campus for the 2016 academic year, here are some pointers on personal safety on and around campus.
Before you do anything else, store this number on speed dial – 021 650 2222/3. This is the number for Campus Protection Services (CPS), responsible for security at UCT. By reporting information to them, you are helping to secure the university for yourself and others.
- Never prop open access doors
- Don't leave your backpack or bag unattended in cafeterias and libraries
- Keep a record of serial numbers of valuable items such as your laptop
- Use the 'Blue Safe Walk' (this is close to emergency phones and surveillance)
- If you see any suspicious activity on campus, please alert a security officer
- Check your doors and windows are locked when you leave your room
- Don't hide keys in obvious places (like under the doormat)
- Don't put your home address on your key ring
- Take your valuables home during the holidays
Out and about
- Be especially cautious when walking on the mountain, and never walk alone.
- Avoid Rhodes Memorial after dark, even though it is a popular view site. Several incidents have occurred here over the past few months.
- Have emergency numbers saved on your phone
- Never carry too much cash on you
- Never put your wallet in your back pocket
- Walk in a group, especially at night
- Keep your mobile phone out of sight
In the event of sexual assault
- Get yourself to a safe place and tell someone you know and trust what happened.
- Whether or not you decide to press charges, please report the matter to CPS on 021 650 2222/3 so that they can be alerted.
- The university will offer medical support and counselling.
- For tips on what to do immediately after a rape, visit the Rape Crisis They also have a 24-hour crisis line on 021 447 9762.
Contrary to popular perception, the majority of rapes occur between people who know each other.
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Photo by Michael Hammond.