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Security and safety


Security Officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Security is located at the Asset Management Services Office.

  • The campus is monitored by CCTV and Security Officers patrol the campus 24/7.
  • A telephone located outside the main entrance of the Asset Management Services Office diverts to Security radios.
  • Located at key points around the campus are Emergency call points and evacuation assembly points, to allow immediate communication with Security Officers.
  • Please ask Security for assistance at any time. Particularly at night, Security escorts are available to accompany you to anywhere within the campus by telephoning 5430 1168 (or extension 1168).
  • All Security Officers are qualified Senior First Aid Officers.
  • In the event of an emergency, dial 5430 1122 (or extension 1122) or if critical, dial emergency services on 000 (or 0-000).
  • All Security Officers wear personal body cameras. Your interactions with Security may be recorded.

The University of the Sunshine Coast is committed to the safety of all students, staff and visitors, urges awareness at all times and encourages students, staff and visitors to familiarise themselves with the emergency procedures.

For more information on local safety awareness and crime prevention, refer to the Sunshine Coast crime bulletins and personal safety information issued by Queensland Police.

Student Watch

  • The University of the Sunshine Coast has teamed up with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) to launch Queensland's first Student Watch.
  • This initiative allows USC students to go online to access safety and security information, including crime prevention messages, strategies and links to important associated websites.
  • Student Watch formalises the partnership between USC and Queensland Police and will assist in tackling issues surrounding drugs, alcohol-fuelled violence, parties, safe night precincts, and road safety.
  • USC students are encouraged to subscribe to the student watch blog page to receive weekly updates.

Safety tips

  • Recognise and avoid potentially risky situations.
  • Report any suspicious behaviour.
  • Carry your ID card with you at all times.
  • Be alert and walk purposefully as confidence deters attackers.
  • Carry a personal alarm or be prepared to scream loudly, and run if threatened.
  • Avoid lonely or gloomy places, especially at night—walk with a friend, a Security Officer, or stay with a crowd in well-lit areas.
  • If someone follows you, go to a place where you know there will be other people.
  • Trust your intuition.
  • When you’re socialising, play smart—one drink too many could make you vulnerable.

Safety of property

  • Always ensure that your personal property is never left unattended, including in the Library.
  • Never ask other persons to mind property in your absence.
  • Any property found or handed to Security is taken to the Loans Desk on Level 1 of the Library.

Taking public transport

  • Know your timetable and avoid long waits at the bus stop, especially if you’re alone.
  • Keep to open, populated areas in full view of the bus and passing traffic.
  • Telephone for taxis 131 008 and, if possible, have someone see you off and keep a note of the taxi number. Sit in the back seat on the opposite side to the driver, and do not disclose any personal information.

Taking your car

  • Park in well-lit, busy areas.
  • Ensure that your vehicle is secured at all times.
  • Never leave personal property visible in your car.
  • Have keys in your hand ready to open the car door and if necessary, use to defend yourself against an attacker.
  • Check the back seat or hatch for intruders before getting into your car.
  • Once inside, lock all doors with windows up.

Public telephones and mobiles

  • Always carry change, a phone card or a mobile phone.
  • When using a public telephone (located at Buildings I and K), turn your back to the phone and speak looking outwards.
  • If threatened, dial the police 000 or Security 5430 1122.
  • If you carry a mobile phone, program emergency numbers into it for quick access.
  • If you call the police or Security, be sure to give your name and location.
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