Here at the University of Canterbury our Security team have always done a brilliant job of ensuring everyone on campus feels safe. They operate 24/7 to monitor the safety of students and staff at all times – which is especially important for those of us who like to study throughout the night. During my time as a student I would often be studying on campus until late, but I felt comfortable knowing that security officers were available to assist me – even just escort me to my car.
Campus Security are constantly thinking of ways to improve their services and our safety – this has led to some new things around campus like the emergency help points, as well as the Security Officers’ zippy little Segway to help them get around campus faster.
This year campus security is launching two new initiatives to further enhance the safety of our campus. The first is an app that has been made free for students and staff called Shadow Me. When out and about – say you’re walking home at night – you can enter in your departure location and intended arrival location and enter an estimated time for arrival. The app will alert you at that time and ask you to confirm that you have arrived safely. If you don’t respond after two alerts the app will notify head office to call your pre-registered emergency contact. You can collect a registration code from the Security Office and there are also a limited number available from the UC Students’ Association office.
Another new initiative is UC Guardians. Guardians are students that patrol the campus and are available to offer assistance if needed – it’s a peer support scheme where students look after students. The Guardians volunteer their time – about four hours a fortnight – and are first aid and security trained, although no physical intervention is required. If you’re interested in becoming a Guardian you can pick up an application form from Security.
For more information about the new schemes watch this video with the manager of Campus Security, see the Security website or visit the Security Office located at 114 Ilam Road.