BE SAFE ON CAMPUS
- When you leave your office, laboratory or residence, lock the door and close all windows.
- Never leave access doors propped open.
- When storing a purse or wallet in the office, put it in a seldom-used file cabinet and lock the cabinet.
- Do not leave any backpack or bags in open public places unsupervised, especially in cafeterias and libraries.
- Keep a record of serial numbers and a description of your valuables.
- Engrave your property, preferably with your ID, staff or student number.
- Never leave items displayed inside a parked car.
- Invest in a steering wheel or gear lever lock, including early warning alarm/tracking.
- Lock your door and windows even when leaving the room for a short time.
- Keep emergency numbers next to your phone or fixed onto your desk.
- Secure your door and windows when you are alone and asleep.
- Do not leave house keys hidden in a traditional location such as under the doormat.
- Do not put your address on your key ring.
- Get to know your neighbours. You can keep an eye on each other’s rooms when you are not there. Practice the Buddy-Buddy system and Neighbourhood Watch.
- Contact SPUCS on 053 491 0911 to report suspicious persons or activities in or around your neighbourhood.
- Do not leave any messages on your door to indicate that you are away for a period of time.
- Do not keep large sums of money inside your room or on person.
- Take your valuables home when you go on holiday.
- Remember, you are safer when walking in groups especially at night.
- Get into the habit of being escorted by a security official when walking late at night within SPU University premises or Residences.
- Practice using the “Green Route/Safe Walk” when walking in and around University properties. You have the advantage of being close to the emergency phones and surveillance cameras that monitor the area.
- Avoid walking in the dark and deserted areas. Stay away from short cuts.
- Avoid parking your car in isolated areas.
- Lock all possessions in the boot before parking your vehicle.
- Have your car keys ready when approaching your vehicle.
- Lock your door as soon as you get into the car.
- Drive in well-travelled streets and never give a lift to a hitchhiker or strangers.
- If you think you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station, shop or business to seek assistance.
- If your car breaks down, open your boot or bonnet (if it is safe to do so) and then stay inside your locked car. Use your cell phone to call an emergency service or wait until assistance arrives. When a person stops to help you, do not get out of the car; instead ask them to call for professional help.
- Motor vehicle crimes include vehicle theft, theft from vehicles and malicious damage to property. In the past, car thieves tended to target luxury cars. However, today any car is at risk of being stolen. Thieves target older models as there is a ready market for replacement parts.
- There are many anti-theft devices available on the market, from elaborate alarm systems to simple steering wheel locks. Many systems offer adequate defence against motor vehicle theft. Vehicle alarms will activate when a vehicle is tampered with but people have become so accustomed to “false alarms” which attract little or no attention.
- Devices that lock the steering wheel or the gear lever provide a high degree of deterrence and security for a vehicle. Although no system is impenetrable, thieves usually look for the path of least resistance. In crowded parking facilities, a thief will look for an unprotected car rather than tackle a security device. Paying thousands to buy a car but spending nothing to protect it doesn’t make sense!
- Car break-ins: Put out enough bait and you will get a strike. Leave valuables visible in your car and someone will strike … your car. Car stereos, cell phones and numerous other items are commonly taken from cars on the University’s campuses. In most cases, the items stolen were visible to passers-by. Removing items from view is one of your best defences against this type of crime. Some car owners are so proud of their ground-shaking car stereos (which, when played at extreme volumes, are not only illegal but also disturb other drivers). However, they are also advertising to the thieves that this is the vehicle to rip off.
- If you have any expensive accessories in your car, engrave your driver’s licence number onto them for identification.
- If you are buying a stereo system, pick one that can be removed and placed in the trunk when the vehicle is left unattended. Always check to ensure no one is watching before doing so.
- Never place valuables on the seat beside you. Keep them on the floor.
- SPUCS receives reports of multi-media equipment stolen after being left unattended after adjournment of a class. Most of these items are laptops, external hard drives, USBs, iPads and cell phones, for example.
- When arranging for a pick-up of university equipment, try and arrange for the items to be picked up at your office or some other occupied area.
- SPUCS also receives numerous reports each semester of book bags being stolen or items being taken from book bags – even though at the time of the theft the owner was in very close proximity to the bag.
- Students often move between rooms during classes and leave their book bags behind. Even in a full room, a thief can avoid detection while lifting your wallet, cellular telephone or other valuables.
- Always keep a close eye on your property and take only essential items with you to class.
- Most importantly practice Buddy-Buddy System or Neighbourhood Watch strategies.
- Students who study or conduct research in laboratories need to maintain control over their book bags and other valuables at all times.
- Each semester, students who leave their desks to return a book, make photocopies or perform other activities, are victims of theft.
- Take your belongings with you.
No one intends to lose their wallet or purse but it happens. Some people feel it is a status symbol to have a lot of cash or credit cards crammed into their wallets. While this may look impressive, losing your wallet could open up your life to a common thief. Take only what you need for the day and leave the rest securely at home. Carry your wallet or purse in a bag or a pocket rather than in your hand. Thieves look for the path of least resistance and could snatch the item out of your hand.
- A sexual assault does not always have to be committed by a stranger; it can happen on a date. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, know who to call for a ride home or have money ready for a taxi. Realise that the more alcoholic beverages you consume, the less aware and more vulnerable you will become.
- Avoid drinking offered drinks; you may be spiked with commonly known “date rape drug”.
- When you are a victim of a sexual related offence:
- Call SPUCS on (telephone) 053 491 0911.
- Call a friend or relative for support.
- SPUCS officers are capable of dealing with the situation. Let them assist you.
- You may request to be assisted by a female SPUCS officer.
- Ensure the matter is reported to the local police if needs be.
- Remember important evidence will be lost if rape victims take a bath, shower or change their clothes.
- There is always be someone that can be called out to offer advice and to ensure that all the critical procedures have been followed.
Campus Security has an after-hours escort service available for staff and students on campus. This is useful if you are working late. If you require an escort, dial 053 491 0911 and provide the following information:
- Your name and staff/student number
- Your current location and your intended destination
- Call back number in case of delay.
Alternatively, go to any of our Control rooms, you are encouraged to inform Control Room at least at least 30 minutes before actual departing time.
CARD SWIPE SYSTEM
Campus Security interacts with many vehicles per day and security officers have to process them quickly and effectively to avoid traffic back-up in busy intersections and long delays.
The University card swipe system is the only effective way to control access onto campus. No student/Staff member will be granted access without access card.
Visitors will be issued with a visitors pass at pedestrian and vehicle gates.
Unfortunately, the system is compromised when lost/stolen cards are not reported and they may then be used by unauthorised persons to access campus buildings.
Please report your lost card as soon as possible.
BE SAFE OFF CAMPUS
Kimberley is like any big city in the world with bad and good areas.
Crime can happen anywhere but tends to be locality bound. If you are unsure of an area, ask locals for advice first.
Taking care of yourself in Kimberley involves a few basic rules which should never be broken:
– Carry your medical aid card and a certified copy of your ID/passport at all times.
– Never walk alone at night.
– Do not wear expensive jewellery.
– Do not flash large and expensive cameras in the streets.
– Do not carry large sums of money.
– Do not talk on your cell phone whilst walking in the street.
– When driving a car, keep your car doors locked at all times.
– Keep some money in a clear plastic container so that if mugged you can throw it on the ground away from you to give yourself time to get away.
– Do not try and resist someone who is holding you up for your money or valuables. You can always replace them. You cannot replace your life.
– Be alert and aware and find out about the no-go areas before setting out on your own. Every big city has dangerous areas; Kimberley is no different.
– If you go to a club, do not leave your drinks unattended. Rather take them with you. Do not go home with people you do not know and always tell a friend where you are going.
– Do not take lifts from strangers or hitchhike.
– Do not open your doors to strangers and if someone claims to be from an official organisation, insist on presentation of identity before opening any door (they can slip it under the door). Phone any telephone number they provide if in doubt.
– If you feel you are being followed whilst driving, head straight to the nearest police station. There are signs indicating the nearest SAPS (South African Police Service) on the side of the road.
REPORTING A CRIME
The complainant should always be the person who discovers or witnessed the crime.
This includes the people who have an interest in the offence committed.
For the investigation to be successful, first-hand information is imperative.
Reasons for reporting a crime to the police
- Despite insurance claims, it is of utmost important to, sometimes, report certain crimes to the police
- This helps the police to be aware of crime so it is addressed.
- It is important to note that SPU University does not have jurisdiction over areas/residences outside its premises.
- Please also remember that the police have additional resources and intelligence may assist in the crime which has been committed.
ABOUT CAMPUS SECURITY
The Campus Security Department is a security department that is committed to maintaining the safety and security of the university.
Campus Security operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week at all campuses and external residences.
ProGuard Security is the current main outsourced company for the Residence and Green Route.
CONTACT CAMPUS SECURITY
10111 – Nationwide Emergency Response
Kimberley Hospital (state hospital) 053 802 9111
Main Campus (Main Control Room)
Between Student Laundry and IT Offices, COO1 Building
053 491 0911
Campus Security Acting Head of Department
Telephone 053 491 0351