Safety & Security Tips
Campus Security & Safe Walk Program Escorts
To request a Security OR SafeWalk escort, contact Campus Security at the following number: 905-815-4044
Sheridan’s Campus Security Officers are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to provide escorts to students and employees. Security staff will walk you directly to all points on campus, including classrooms, athletic facilities, office/meeting spaces, residences, pubs, and bus stops. They will also walk you to your car and to a number of points on the edge of campus, including through the woods at Trafalgar Campus (please see links to maps below).
The Student Union's Safe Walk Program provides a team of one male and one female member to escort students to parking lots, residences, campus pathways, and hallways. The program operates Monday – Thursday, 6 pm - 11pm; Friday, 6 pm - 10 pm, and 6pm - 2 am during large campus events and pub nights.
Campus Safety Maps
Sheridan's Campus Safety maps identify Campus Security/Safe Walk routes and indoor and outdoor Code Blue emergency telephones within campus buildings and outside on campus grounds.
- Keep your doors locked and your windows rolled up. Remember to lock the trunk, the hatchback or the tailgate of a van.
- Don’t place a mini replica of a license plate or any personal identification (e.g. name or address) on a vehicle key ring.
- As you approach your car, have your keys ready. Before entering the car check the back seat to ensure no one is hiding there.
- Store a spare key in your wallet, not inside or outside the vehicle. Thieves know all the hiding places.
- Don’t invite a vehicle break-in by leaving packages or valuables (cellular phones, textbooks, CD players) in sight.
- Take valuables with you, put them under the seat or lock them in the trunk.
- Periodically check your license plates to make sure they have not been stolen, switched or altered.
- If someone tries to get into your vehicle, drive off immediately. If this is not possible, use your horn to draw attention to what is happening.
- Consider your surroundings. Well lit, busy places are obviously the best spots to park. If you have to park in a poorly lit area and are concerned with walking to or from your vehicle call Campus Security to arrange for an escort.
- Immediately report to Campus Security any strange persons or behaviour you see in the parking lots or surrounding areas.
- Stay in well-lit areas. Walk midpoint between curbs and buildings, try to keep from using alleys or less travelled routes between buildings. And avoid bushes and wooded areas.
- Stay near people and avoid taking short cuts alone through vacant lots and other deserted places. Walk with someone else whenever possible and set up a buddy system with your friends.
- Carry only necessary cards and money.
- Do not stop to provide strangers with directions or information, especially at night.
- Do not jog alone late at night, or walk through the trails alone.
- Know the location of the Security Emergency phones around the areas of campus that you travel.
- If you suspect you are being followed:
- Be suspicious. Keep looking behind you so the person knows you cannot be surprised.
- Cross the street or change direction.
- Go to a well-lit area, enter a residence or building, go to the library; anywhere there are people and telephones.
- Notice and remember as much as possible.
- Report the incident immediately to Campus Security or the Police.
Safety when Studying
- Avoid studying in isolated classrooms in areas of the campus that are infrequently patrolled, with little or no traffic, and in places difficult to access.
- Do not study in stairwells, doorways, and locker alcoves.
- Do not wear a personal stereo system or play music so loudly that you are not aware of your surroundings.
- Immediately report any suspicious individuals in the area to Campus Security. If you are in the library tell a staff member.
- Know where the nearest emergency telephone is located.
Safety in the Workplace
- Know the location of the nearest telephone and distress alarm if you have one.
- Know the employees in other surrounding offices and be aware of their hours.
- If you are suspicious of people hanging around, receive strange phone calls, or feel threatened, contact Campus Security.
- If you feel uncomfortable after someone enters your workspace, trust your instincts. Look directly at the person, make it clear you are in charge and cannot be intimidated.
- If someone you work with makes you uncomfortable, discuss the situation with a coworker you trust, your manager or with the Manager of Security and plan your response to potential problems.
- If you are working late, let someone know and tell them when you expect to leave as well as the general area your car is parked.
- If you enter a washroom and you suspect someone suspicious might be in there don’t call out - back out, go to a safe lockable area and phone Campus Security for help.
- If you are alone or working late, and you encounter someone unfamiliar indicate that you are not alone. Say "My supervisor will be right here and will be able to help you".
- If possible keep the door leading to your office locked.