Personal safety plan
Australia is a comparatively safe place to live and has relatively low crime rates, compared to most countries around the World.
Macquarie University has a lower than average crime rate, but this does not mean that you do not need to take all necessary precautions to protect yourself, just as if you were in your own home.
Macquarie University is committed to looking after your personal safety whilst you are studying here on Campus, and also whilst travelling to and from the Campus.
It is critical for you to take the time to review your own personal situation. We have listed some important items below, and these are designed to assist you with your safety, and in the development of your own Personal Safety Plan.
Developing Your Plan
Things to consider:
- Am I here on the Campus during the day or night as well?
- Do I need to move around the Campus, particularly to the outlying buildings for lectures?
- Where can I park my car?
- Which is the safest/closest car park to the building I am visiting?
- Which building am I going to, once I arrive on Campus?
- Can I use the Security Services After Hours Escort service?
- Have I checked out the Security Map on the Home Page of the MQ website, which tells me the best way to walk around the Campus at night?
- Do I know how to use one of the blue Help Points placed around the Campus, and under what circumstance can I use one?
- At night, is it possible to use the free Security Shuttle Bus to move around the Campus or go to the Macquarie Railway Station?
- Am I able to walk around the Campus with other students, during the evening hours?
- Remember, listening to your IPod with headsets on greatly reduces your chances of hearing things that are happening around you, particularly at night
Some things that will help you put your plan together:
- Review the Security Services website, and be familiar with the location of the Security Control Centre and other green light buildings around the Campus
- Program the Security Control Centre telephone number (9850 7112) into your mobile phone, so that it is easily accessible for you to ring in case you need to
- Remember, that there is also an Emergency Telephone number (9850 9999) that you can ring, that allows you to be dealt with as a high priority
- Familiarise yourself with the Emergency Procedures listed on the Security Services website
- Take note of the contents contained within the Evacuation Diagrams that appear in each of the buildings around Campus that you are frequenting. Understand where the location of your lecture room is in relation to the fire exits in those buildings, and where you should go to in the event of an evacuation
- Know what to do in the case of hearing an emergency evacuation alarm (beep, beep or whoop, whoop) whilst you are in any of the Campus buildings
- Plan your trips around the Campus, particularly of a night, and think about walking in well-lit areas
- Check out the timetables for any transport that you may be intending to use, including the Security Shuttle Bus (See link on Security Services Website) - Be aware of how often the service is provided, so that you can minimize your waiting time at Bus Stops, Train Stations etc
- Encourage your classmates to travel together, to and from the Campus
- Consider getting your First Aid certificate. It is really handy for you to be able to help your family or friends, should you ever be confronted by a medical emergency
- Be organized when it comes to looking after your stuff, particularly your laptop, table, mobile phone or even your USB stick that contains your all-important Uni assignment