Student Community Relations


Student Community Relations

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Safety at Home

Students are very trusting and sometimes forget that thieves know that each student home will contain multiple computers and other electronic devices.

  • Lock your doors and windows. Close your windows when you go out, and don't remove the screens.
  • ​Invest in an excellent bike lock. Bicycle thieves work quickly. Make your bike the hardest one to steal.
  • Record the serial numbers of all electronics and bikes. The police find lots of stolen items but can't return them to you unless you can prove ownership. Take a picture!
  • Don't allow strangers into your house. Talk to salespeople or other unknown visitors outside.
  • Make your home look lived-in, even when you aren't there. Postpone mail subscriptions. Arrange for someone to pick up your mail and shovel your snow. Use timed light switches to create the illusion that someone is inside.
  • Keep the porch light on. Ensuring that the area outside your house is bright and well-lit, especially at night, is a deterrent.
  • Don't leave an extra set of keys hidden outdoors. Instead, leave extra keys with a trusted friend or neighbour.
  • Be a good neighbour. Call the police if you notice a stranger poking around a neighbour's house.
  • Carry insurance protection against loss and damage of personal property.
  • Don't store propane inside and only use BBQs three meters, or more, away from your house.
  • Contact the police or another service if you feel unsafe.

Holiday Housecheck

The Alma Mater Society (AMS) Holiday Housecheck program will help reduce your concerns about break-ins over the winter break. It employs students who stomp down snow, collect mail, and alert authorities if they observe any suspicious behaviour.

  • Call the AMS Municipal Affairs Commission for details at 613-533-6000 ext. 75178 or visit the Alma Mater Society website for more information