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Blue phone assistance
August 30, 2019
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Stay safe on campus

UBC is a very safe place. A large part of our sense of security as students is the welcoming community that exists at UBC, as well as the wide availability of safety services on campus.

Things can happen—but if they do, there are always people at UBC to help you out.

Below are some campus resources and tips to help you keep yourself and your belongings safe.

In the event of an emergency or if you ever feel in danger, call 911 immediately.

Keep your stuff safe

Don’t leave valuables like your phone or computer unattended in libraries and other public spaces. It can only take a few seconds for them to disappear.

As a preventative measure, upload free device location software like Find My iPhone to track your phone or computer if it should ever be lost or stolen.

If you bike to campus, it’s a good idea to get a steel u-lock for your bike frame and a heavy cable lock for the front wheel. Investing in a high-quality lock goes a long way to preventing bike theft.

If you lose something on campus, you can search the Lost & Found website to see if your item has been turned in.

Walk with a buddy

You don’t have to do that late-night walk from the library alone. If you don’t feel comfortable walking around campus by yourself, call AMS Safewalk and a co-ed team will walk with you or drive you to your destination.

Safewalk is available until 2:00 am. After that, UBC Campus Security will gladly provide the same service.

Stay safe online

Watch out for emails that do not seem legitimate as they can be phishing emails, which try to steal your personal info by inviting you to click on links.

Remember that UBC will never send you an email asking for your Campus-Wide Login or password.   

Visit Privacy Matters @ UBC to learn more about how to stay safe online, including how to encrypt your computer and mobile devices.

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Beware of scams

Unfortunately, there are a lot of different frauds and scams out there (such as those impersonating government departments like Canada Revenue Agency).

Check out the RCMP website for valuable tips on how to protect your money—and remember: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

If you suspect a phone call, email, rental, job offer, or anything else may be a scam, or if you have been the victim of a scam, the best thing to do is call the police at 911.

Know the signs of an overdose

At UBC, in Vancouver, and around North America, a deadly painkiller called fentanyl is being mixed into street and party drugs, like ecstasy, methamphetamines, and cocaine. In recent years, fentanyl has increased overdose deaths by close to 80%.

If you use or plan to use illicit drugs, make a plan to stay safe and know how to recognize the signs of an overdose.

You can also get a free and confidential naloxone kit from Student Health Service or UBC Urgent Care.

Know about sexual assault support

If you have experienced sexual violence or if you know someone who has, call the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) at 604-822-1588 or email gethelp@svpro.ubc.ca to get support and explore your options. A staff member will reply to your confidential message by the next business day.

Sign up for UBC security updates

Campus Security works to ensure the safety of everyone at UBC. They send out safety alerts to ensure all students, staff, and faculty are up to date with any safety news and information.

Sign up for their alerts to stay in the loop.   

Contact Campus Security anytime

Campus Security is available 24/7. Call 604-822-2222 if you ever need help of any kind (add their number to your contacts today).

Use a Blue Phone

Campus Security has installed 40 Blue Phones in strategic locations around campus. Look for blue-coloured poles with the word 'Assistance' printed on them. If you find yourself in an unsafe situation (for example, if you feel harassed or see a crime in progress), use a Blue Phone to talk to a Campus Security Officer directly.

Remember: if you see something, say something. Everyone plays a part in keeping our campus safe, so let’s look out for each other.