Resources and Personal Safety Tips

If you have been the victim of a crime, tell someone. These are resources available to support you:

You’re encouraged to review the following personal safety tips and to be familiar with the safety services available for you on campus.

You’re safer in numbers! Ask a “buddy” (friends, classmates and colleagues) to walk with you to your car, bus stop or residence. Make sure your “buddy" is safe after getting you to your destination by driving them to their car and/or calling you at a predetermined time to let you know they arrived safely to their destination.

Make a habit of placing your driver seat forward when you exit your car and take note that it’s still pushed forward when you return. If someone were to break into your car and hide, they will most likely pull the seat back after entering. Do a quick check of your car, look for any flat tires and if your fuel cap has been tampered with. Call for assistant if you noticed anything.

Remember that there are safety in numbers. If you can’t use a buddy system and you have fears for your safety, AMS Safewalk will be available to accompany you to your destination until 2 am. Call them at 604.822.5355. If AMS Safewalk is unavailable, Campus Security will be happy to escort you to your location, call us at 604.822.2222.

The AMS, in partnership with UBC, have installed 28 HUBS on campus. View an on online map of every HUB location, as well as their corresponding number. Call the AMS and let them know the HUB number you wish to be picked up at.

If you’re being followed on campus, call 911 and head to a populated area on campus. If it’s late at night, there are a 24/7 locations available to go to. As first responders, Campus Security and the fire department are both open 24/7. The Museum of Anthropology has a security team in place near the entrance 24/7. Lastly, the McDonald’s on University Blvd is open 24/7.

Blue Phones are installed strategically around campus and will be answered by Campus Security 24/7 by touching the circular button. They can be used for emergencies, directions and assistance. View a map of all campus blue phones.

“Phishing” is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in email communications. To learn more, including how to protect yourself against phishing, visit UBC IT's security website. 

Once a phone has been answered, the most common fraud campaign or spam phone call will usually go as follows (source: UBC IT):

  1. The person answering the phone will hear a message indicating that they have won a prize from a major corporation, like a national airline. They will be prompted to press “1” to accept.
  2. They will be connected to a live operator to assist with claiming “the prize.”
  3. The operator will attempt to gather financial and/or other personal data from the person who answered the call.

For all emergencies, please call 911. For additional support, contact Campus Security (604.822.2222). View a complete list of emergency and safety numbers.

Sexual assault is ANY unwanted sexual contact. It can include anything from inappropriate and unwanted sexual touching to forced sexual intercourse without a person’s consent, and also includes the threat of sexual contact without consent.

    • Be aware of your surroundings, by avoiding distractors like listening to load music on your smartphone and or, reading emails and other things you do on your smartphone.
    • Make sure people are expecting you. Let your friend or family member know when to expect you. Call them when you’re expected (e.g. "I will be home in 15 minutes and will call as soon as I get there"), if you don’t call they know to start looking for you.
    • If attacked, yell out “FIRE”! it is proven to be a best way to get people’s attention
    • Take a self-defence course
    • Be a "buddy"

    • The person without a key is not authorized in your building. Do not let strangers in the building if they try to follow you in. If a stranger insists on entering without their key, call Campus Security or your resident manager right away.
    • Keep your dorm room door locked at all times.
    • Close your blinds and lock your windows, especially if you live on the ground floor.