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Personal Security

You can help make the campuses safe for everyone by:

  • recognising risk and taking steps to avoid potentially hazardous situations
  • making use of the University's security service and reporting any suspicious activities to Security.

As part of its concern for your personal security, the University of Tasmania urges awareness of the dangers inherent in any comparably sized community. The dangers include issues associated with the following:

  • Respect your intuition. Don't allow rationality to override you 'sixth sense' - it could save you from danger.
  • Recognise potentially dangerous situations before they develop.
  • Assess the risks and have a safety plan. Think about what you would do if you felt threatened.
  • Be prepared to scream or shout if attacked.
  • Consider taking a self defence course.
  • When you are socialising, do not drink alcohol to excess; keeping a clear head makes it easier to make wise decisions when it comes to personal safety.
  • If assaulted, do not suffer in silence. Report the incident. Reporting the incident to Security does not commit you to a court case. Police action will only be taken if you wish.
  • Always carry photo identification, and program the UTAS Security number into your mobile phone.
  • Never leave your wallet, bag or other items of property unsecured and unattended.
  • Only carry cash for your immediate needs.
  • Clearly mark your property.
  • Never carry your personal identification number (PIN) with your credit cards.
  • Never tell anyone, including a bank representative, what your PIN is.
  • Never let anyone see your PIN when entering it on an automatic teller machine. Always carry your bag or wallet close to you.
  • Do not put your bag or wallet on the floor when in a public toilet cubicle.
  • Do not leave keys, cash or other valuables in your desk drawers.
  • Lock your home, car and office when you leave it.
  • Report all thefts to Security and to Tasmania Police.
  • Lost/found property may be checked at Security.
  • Always lock your office, even when you are only leaving it for a short time.
  • Never leave valuable items of property unsecured and unattended.
  • Never lend anyone your office keys or access card. Keys and combinations should not be left in desk drawers.
  • Ensure your office personal computer is secure.
  • Do not wedge doors open.
  • Ensure all confidential information and data is secure.
  • Large sums of cash should be banked at the end of the day and safes locked.
  • Stop and challenge strangers in your work area. If in doubt, call Security: Hobart +61 3 6226 7600, Launceston +61 3 6324 3336.
  • Turn off heaters, fans, lights and urns when leaving work.
  • If working after hours, please advise Security: Hobart +61 3 6226 7600, Launceston +61 3 6324 3336 when you arrive and when you leave.
  • Report broken locks, blown lights, overgrown trees and shrubs that may provide hiding places and other security deficiencies in your work area to Security: Hobart +61 3 6226 7600, Launceston +61 3 6324 3336.
  • Know your bus timetables to avoid long waits.
  • Keep to open, populated areas while waiting in full view of bus.
  • Phone for taxis rather than hailing them.
  • Sit in the back of the taxi on the opposite side to the driver and do not disclose personal information.
  • Park in a well lit, busy area. Make sure your surroundings are safe prior to getting out of your car.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car.
  • Always lock your car when leaving it.
  • Walk confidently to or from your car with your keys held ready to open the door or to be used to defend yourself.
  • Check the back seat or hatch for intruders before getting into your car.
  • Once inside your car, lock all doors and if possible leave windows up until you have reached your destination.
  • If a passing motorist indicates that you should stop, keep driving to a service station. If you decide to stop, stay in the car with the door locked and the window partly open to speak through. Drive away if you feel threatened.
  • Avoid lonely places, especially at night. Walk only on well lit walkways away from shrubs and trees. Do not take short cuts. Use the Safer Walks path if possible as it is monitored 24 hours a day.
  • Be alert and walk purposefully. Confidence deters attackers. Walk with a friend or stay with a group.
  • Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars, asking directions - it is better to be rude than be in danger.
  • If someone follows you, change direction and go to a place where there are other people.
  • Know the location of Help Points and public telephones.
  • If you feel unsafe on campus at any time, phone Security: Hobart +61 3 6226 7600, Launceston +61 3 6324 3336 and request a security escort. Help Point telephone calls are received by Security.

The University Security Service provides the following assistance and information:


  • Know where the Help Point telephones are on campus - see the campus maps page for location of Help Points on UTAS campuses.
  • Help Point telephones call Security direct.
  • Know where the public telephones are on campus - see the campus maps page for location of public telephones on UTAS campuses.
  • Always carry correct change or a phone card for a phone call. You may need to call a taxi, friend, family member or Security if you are stranded.
  • Be alert; when you have dialled, turn your back to the phone and speak looking outward.
  • If threatened, phone 000, a free call, to the Police.
  • Alert people nearby and enlist their aid.
  • Phone Security: Hobart +61 3 6226 7600, Launceston +61 3 6324 3336.
  • If safe to do so, and you know how, use the correct extinguisher and fight the fire.
    Unless you are fighting the fire, evacuate the building immediately and go to the designated assembly point. Do not use lifts.
  • Do not block roadways as emergency services may need to use them.
  • Obey instructions from Security Officers and the emergency services.

In specific instances of concern, Security Officers are available to escort students and staff between buildings, campus carparks and local public transport points on Campus. To arrange for this service, please phone Security: Hobart +61 3 6226 7600, Launceston +61 3 6324 3336.

Report any suspicious behaviour on campus to Security, no matter how minor it may appear. If you need help or advice it is available from:

Hobart: Security (24 hours) - +61 3 6226 7600

Launceston: Security (24 hours) - +61 3 6324 3336

Rozelle: Security (24 hours) - +61 402 696 321

Other numbers for assistance are:

Hobart

Launceston

Input and assistance into this Security information from the Queensland University of Technology is gratefully acknowledged.