Security

On the Nanaimo campus, Facilities Services provides security services 24 hours a day.

Facilities Services employees, first aid attendants, and external emergency services will be dispatched as determined from your call. As Vancouver Island University security or first aid employees can respond to a situation much faster and with less difficulty than external services, it is important that all emergencies be reported to the Vancouver Island University Emergency Line at Local 6600 or 250-740-6600.

For ALL Nanaimo and Cowichan Campus emergencies:

Call Local 6600 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

or from an external phone, dial 250-740-6600;

or use a blue Assistance Phone.

Safe Walk Program

Safe Walk is a Campus Security program. This will provide escorted walks on the Nanaimo campus. By contacting the dispatcher via the number listed below, you will be accompanied on your walk on campus or to your car by Security. The patrollers are equipped with two-way radios, safety vests and flashlights. Practice the principle of "safety in numbers" and contact the Safe Walk Program at Local 6600 or from an external phone, dial 250-740-6600 for assistance.

Car Safety
  • Keep your doors locked and your windows rolled up. Remember to lock the trunk, the hatchback or the tailgate of the station wagon
  • Don’t place a mini replica of a license plate or any personal identification (i.e., name or address) on a vehicle key ring
  • Consider purchasing a steering wheel lock to deter would-be thieves
  • As you approach your car, have your keys ready. Before entering the car check the back seat to ensure no one is hiding there
  • Engrave batteries, wheel covers and car stereos with your drivers license number
  • Store a spare key in your wallet, not inside or outside the vehicle. Thieves know all the hiding places
  • Don’t invite a vehicle break-in by leaving packages or valuables (radar detectors, cellular phones, textbooks, CD players) in sight. Take valuables with you, put them under the seat or lock them in the trunk
  • Periodically check your license plates to make sure they have not been stolen, switched or altered
  • If someone tries to get into your vehicle, drive off immediately. If this is not possible, use your horn to draw attention to what is happening
  • Consider your surroundings. Well-lit, busy places are obviously the best spots to park. If you have to park in a poorly-lit area and are concerned with walking to or from your vehicle, call the Safe Walk Program at Campus Security to arrange for an escort
  • Report to Security any strange persons or behaviour you see in the parking lots or surrounding areas
Bicycle Safety
  • Purchase and use a good bicycle locking device. The bicycle frame and both wheels should be secured to a bicycle rack. If you have a quick release seat, take it with you to class
  • Do not secure bicycles to handrails, as it is extremely hazardous for those who need to make use of these handrails. Any bicycle found locked to a handrail will be removed at the owner’s expense
  • Try to park your bike in a well-lit area. What looks good in the day may not be adequately lit at night
  • Engrave an identification number (drivers license number) in several places on your bike (i.e., the frame, both wheels, front forks, etc.). Ensure the markings can easily be seen, as this will make it less attractive to a would-be thief
Street Safety
  • Stay in well-lit areas. Walk midpoint between curbs and buildings, try to keep from using alleys or less traveled routes between buildings, and avoid bushes
  • Stay near people and avoid taking short cuts alone through vacant lots and other deserted places
  • Carry only necessary cards and money
  • Do not stop to provide strangers with directions or information, especially at night
  • Walk with someone else whenever possible, and set up a buddy system with your friends
  • Do not jog alone late at night, or walk through the trails alone
  • Use the Safe Walk Program to escort you to or from your vehicle
If you suspect that you are being followed:
  • Be suspicious. Keep looking behind you so the person knows you cannot be surprised
  • Cross the street or change direction
  • Go to a well-lit area, enter a residence or building, go to the library; anywhere there are people and telephones
  • Approach a parking attendant or student patrol and request help
  • Notice and remember as much as possible
  • Report the incident immediately to Security
  • Do not wear a personal stereo system or play music so loudly that you are not aware of your surroundings