Safety First! Information affecting the St.George Campus.

Campus Community Policing

Community Safety Programs

  • Alcohol/Drug Safety
  • Bicycle Anti-Theft
  • Bicycle Rodeo
  • Building Watch
  • Business Watch
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • First Year Orientation
  • Lock it or lose it!
  • Safety Awareness Week
  • STOP Anti Theft Program
  • Student Partnerships
  • Youth Education & Safety

Alcohol/Drug Safety Day

Key objectives of our action plan relate to raising awareness of the risks of excessive alcohol consumption particularly as alcohol is one of the biggest single causes to drunk driving. Also increasing the knowledge and highlighting the consequences of substance abuse.

Bicycle Anti-Theft Program

The program involves participants signing a form and receiving a decal with a designated I.D. number. The decal is placed on the crossbar of the frame between the seat and the handlebars. The information on the student and their bike is then put into Campus Police's computer system for tracking in case of theft. The decal also allows the University Police to stop bicycles displaying a decal on campus to verify ownership. Initially it acts as a deterrent, but is also aids in the recovery process if it is stolen and recovered.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Rodeo

A Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Rodeo is held at various locations on campus throughout the year. The rodeo features a simulated “neighborhood” with sidewalks, crosswalks, working traffic signals and railroad crossings. Participants with bicycles will ride through the “neighborhood” to identify potential safety hazards while improving safe handling techniques.  Information on non-traffic and bicycle safety laws, and bicycle safety inspections also are held.

Building Watch Program

Building Watch is a community crime prevention program, organized and operated by concerned residents in a building. The program's objectives are to create an awareness of criminal activities in the area, and to encourage all building users to become more responsible for the overall safety of their neighborhood, their building, and their neighbors.

  • We bring together and use all the resources and people available in the community.
  • We include crime prevention and personal safety in our program.
  • There are general meetings, open to all members, where safety and security questions can be asked and will be answered. Qualified personnel, i.e. police, security personnel, building management, etc., so only correct information are supplied, address these concerns.
  • There are floor captain meetings where community resource people, including the police and security personnel, take part.

Business Crime Watch Program

The purpose of the Business Crime Watch is to encourage the free exchange of information and crime prevention techniques between the Campus Police and campus businesses.  This will be accomplished by working in partnership with business operators to address these issues. The primary objective is to educate employees to recognize crime risks. The secondary objective is to train employees to accurately report crimes.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

  • CPTED is a pro-active crime prevention strategy utilized by planners, architects, police services, security professionals and everyday users of space.
  • CPTED surmises that the proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence, fear of crime, and improve the quality of life.
  • Emphasis is placed on the physical environment, productive use of space, and behavior of people to create environments that are absent of environmental cues that cause opportunities for crime to occur.

First-Year Orientation Program

Campus police provides a presentation to incoming first year students during orientation providing them with crime prevention tips and to acquaint them with programs and service offered by the department. The orientation program is an opportunity for incoming students to learn more about the functions of the department through an up close and personal presentation conducted by an officer of the department.

Lock it or lose it Program

This program encourages campus members to be aware of their personal belongings, and to always secure offices, residence rooms, bikes, etc. when unattended. Campus Patrol staff conduct regular foot patrols on campus looking for insecure premises. If an area is left insecure and unoccupied, a Campus crime prevention bookmark card is left behind as a friendly reminder.

Safety Awareness Week

Safety Awareness Week is a campus police initiative aimed at promoting safety, security and services to the community. The project consists of a full week of safety booths at selected University locations.  A member of the campus police and a representative from WalkSafer Service and the Community Safety Office are on hand to give safety advice and answer all questions. As well, many pamphlets and a new Safety Awareness Guide are handed out for further safety education.

STOP Anti Theft Program

The STOP program is a new initiative for Campus Police. This program is designed to stop the theft of laptop computers and other valuable items that staff and students may have on campus. For more details on this highly successful program, feel free to visit the STOP website and read the U of T STOP brochure. The STOP prorgram is a new initative

Student Partnership Program

Developed association with First Nation House, Various student groups, LGBTQ, Portuguese Student Association, UTICA

Youth Education and Safety Program (aimed to UTS students)

This program is designed to be interactive and encourage group participation and discussion. The topic areas covered during these training sessions include: youth related crime prevention issues; community safety issues; healthy lifestyle choices; and choosing smart risks. Specific topics covered include Youth Violence; Racism; and Anti Harassment/Appreciating Diversity, to name a few.

Community Partnerships and Services

  • Battery Booster Assistance Service
  • Community charity events
  • E-mail Community Alert
  • Emergency Contact Service
  • Out of the Cold Service
  • Student Crime Stoppers
  • Youth Assisting Youth Peer Mentoring
  • Emergency telephones placed in buildings, elevators, parking lots, along walkways throughout the campus provide a direct line to Campus Police.
  • Operation Identification makes engraving tools available to students and staff members so they can mark their personal property with their driver's license numbers.