This article comes from Jamie Daniluck, the University of Newcastle’s Security Manager.
Your safety and security is of paramount importance to our team at the University. Our campuses are fitted out with the latest CCTV, electronic access control, alarm technology and security help phones. Patrolling our campuses, our experienced security teams work around the clock 365 days a year to protect our campuses and ensure the safety of our staff, students and visitors.
Despite recent unfortunate incidents, our Callaghan campus is one of the safer places to be in Newcastle with lower than average crime rates. But with tens of thousands of students, staff, tenants, contractors, and visitors on campus, looking after each and every individual can be tough. To help with this task, we provide resources and services that help you do your bit and take responsibility for your own personal safety and well-being and that of those in our campus community.
Whist we have just passed the winter solstice and our days are now getting longer, we are still dark from 5pm. So, if you are on campus at night, remember to:
- keep to well-lit areas and use the campus’ key paths which are patrolled by Campus Safety and Security Officers.
- be alert – don’t walk with your earphones in your ears.
- keep your valuables hidden from sight.
- try to walk in groups or pairs and arrange to walk home with friends.
- if you are feeling unsafe, a security officer can be requested to accompany you anywhere on our Callaghan or Ourimbah campuses.
- never take short-cuts through parks, or on less used unsealed paths.
- report any lights that are not functioning to IFS by submitting a Maximo request or calling 4921 6500.
- use the free shuttle bus, which operates from 8am to midnight* at Callaghan during semester.
- download our free DoubleMap app to track the security shuttle and help you better plan your movements around campus.
- be familiar with the location on campus of the help phones that can be used to call security.
As a new trial initiative, our Safety and Security Team operate a pop-up office in the library every Wednesday on our Callaghan, Ourimbah & Newcastle City campuses. Students and staff can drop in and speak to a member of the team and get tips about how to stay safe on campus.
Your safety and the security of your personal belongings is important to our Safety and Security team at the University. To assist us in doing our job, you can undertake a few simple precautions to considerably reduce your risk and enhance your safety.
Carrying bags or valuables
Hold your wallet or handbag close to you where it cannot be reached or snatched. Carry your bag on the side near the buildings, away from the road. If an item appears difficult to snatch, you reduce your risk of being targeted. Consider just carrying the necessities in your handbag or wallet, and keep valuables to a minimum.
Walking around campus
When out and about, remember the principles of personal safety: confidence, body language, awareness of your surroundings and trust in your instincts.
Offenders will target those that are isolated or look vulnerable so try to appear more confident with positive body language such as good posture and walking with a purpose and always be aware of your surroundings.
Talking to strangers
If you are approached by someone you don’t know and choose to answer questions or give directions, try to maintain an arm’s length distance. Trust your instincts – if you feel uncomfortable, be assertive and do not be afraid to say ‘no’ and continue on your way.
The library is a very busy place 24/7 and can provide opportunities for thieves to steal your belongings while you are away from your desk. Our security team regularly include the library in their patrols and will place a reminder on property that has been left unattended. This is just a way to remind students to not leave property unattended. If you are leaving your desk, always leave your belongings with a friend or take them with you. Never leave your bag, laptop or phone unattended. Should a theft or an incident occur, please report it to Security immediately.
Always ensure you lock your vehicle, close the windows and remove any valuables from your car to reduce the risk of theft.
Living on campus
Don’t leave external doors propped open and always check that they have locked behind you. Make sure that you close your curtains when you are dressing or when you leave the room and never leave valuable items where they can be seen from the outside. For more information, speak with your Resident Mentors or a member of the Student Living Team.
See something, say something…
It takes every individual to create a safe campus community. If you see suspicious individuals or activities, incidents or crime in progress, report it immediately to our Safety and Security Services team on 4921 588 (Callaghan), 4921 7962 (Newcastle CBD), 4348 4222 (Ourimbah) & 8262 6488 (Sydney).
Our Safety and Security Team are committed to the safety of everyone on our campuses but we all need to work together to ensure a safe campus community.
* During the day, the Callaghan Campus shuttle operates on a continuous route within the campus only. From 6:30pm – 12am you will need to call the shuttle service on 0409 951 470 to request a pick up. During the evening hours, the shuttle bus can take you from campus to your residence within a 3km radius. Our Ourimbah Campus shuttle service operates from 5pm – 10pm only and you can request a pick-up by calling 0414 411 799.