Personal safety plan
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on campus. We should all have a plan to deal with any situation that puts our safety at risk. Below are a few useful guidelines and tips to stay safe on campus.
Your personal safety plan
Having your own individual safety plan means thinking about preventative action you can take to protect your safety and wellbeing. A personal safety plan can also equip you to deal with any dangerous or threatening situations which you may face.
It may be helpful to discuss your personal safety plan with Security, work colleagues, classmates, relatives or friends. It is important that you settle on a plan of action that caters to your circumstances and can be easily implemented.
Personal safety plan suggestions
Having a personal safety plan means that you are conscious of the steps you can take to ensure your wellbeing. It is especially important that people who work or study outside of standard business hours (9am to 5pm) on campus consider taking safety measures.
Personal safety plan suggestions:
- Plan a safe path home – avoid poorly lit or isolated areas if possible.
- Driving: choose a car park in a well-lit area if possible, close to your workplace or study area.
- Public transport: know your timetable to avoid long waiting periods for transport – install the Public Transport Victoria app. Stand in open, populated areas in full view of the tram, bus or train rather than sitting in enclosed shelters or empty carriages.
- Taxis: call or book online rather than hailing a taxi so that there is a record of the booking. If possible record the taxi number, sit in the back seat and avoid disclosing personal information.
- Walking: be alert to your surroundings and walk with a purposefully at a steady pace. If possible, arrange to walk with a friend or group of people.
- Arrange for a Security team member to accompany you to your car or public transport if you are on campus late at night or have concerns for your safety.
- Keep valuable possessions out of sight when possible to avoid exposure to theft.
- Record the contact numbers of emergency services, trusted family members, friends or Security in your mobile phone.
- Be conscious of your environment. Where is the nearest public transport point? What is the safest entry or exit point from my building?
- Have the telephone numbers of Security recorded in your mobile phone or listed in your telephone/address book.
- If someone follows or confronts you, seek help – go to a populated, well-lit area, call Security, friends, family (or emergency services if necessary)
- Carry a mobile phone with you.
- If I don’t have access to my mobile phone is there a public telephone within the vicinity or another means or seeking help in an emergency?
Free security escort service
Security team members can walk you to University car parks or the nearest public transport area. This service is available to staff or students.
Contact Security at each campus for this service.
Safety in the community is everyone’s responsibility. If you witness any unsafe or suspicious behaviour or activity please notify security immediately.
It is important that all RMIT community members act to protect each other’s safety and wellbeing. If you don’t feel comfortable or safe intervening, contact Security (or emergency services if necessary) for assistance. If you witness an incident which may compromise your safety or that of another person, report it.
Incident reporting: (03) 9925 3333
When making an emergency call try to be calm, accurate and brief.
All Emergency Services (Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade): 000
RMIT Security emergency number: (03) 9925 3333
Counselling Service: (03) 9925 2078
Be safe on campus