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Village Watch

What is Village Watch?

VILLAGE WATCH is a community program for students living on the U of T Scarborough Campus. This is simply a program of neighbors watching out for other neighbors. It is aimed at reducing crime in the community by getting to know your neighbors, working together, being alert to potential crime and being willing to look out for one another's interests.

Why Should I Participate?

  • To create a safer campus environment
  • To reduce the opportunity for crime to occur through active participation.
  • A police officer patrolling your community may not recognize a stranger in your yard, but you would.
  • Provides a sense of security knowing your home is being monitored by your neighbors
  • You, as an individual and in partnership with your neighbor(s), have the ability to reduce your chance of misfortune by working together.

How Does It Work?

Call the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Police immediately at (416) 287-7333 if you see something suspicious, a crime in progress or about to be committed, if you know of a crime that was already committed, or if you feel that your neighbor's property or well-being is in danger. You may also pick up any emergency telephone on campus, which directs you to U of T Scarborough Campus Police. A toll free call may be made from any Bell Payphone on campus.

What Should I Look For?

  • Loitering - Strangers in areas they have no obvious reason to visit
  • Someone testing doorknobs or windows in the village
  • An individual calling for help
  • Glass breaking or any unusual noises
  • Someone tampering with parked cars
  • Burnt out lights or damaged locks
  • Violent argument or assaultive behavior
  • Anything "OUT OF THE ORDINARY"

What To Do If You See A Crime In Progress

  1. DO NOT attempt to stop any person in the process of committing a crime, they may be armed and extremely dangerous.
  2. Remain calm, call UTSC Campus Police (416) 978-2222.
  3. Remain in your home and note details of the offence and detailed description of the suspect e.g. scars, tattoos, birthmarks, etc.
  4. DO NOT follow the suspect, but rather note direction of travel and report any final details of the incident to UTSC Campus Police.

Does This Program Work?

YES! Statistics have shown that where there are similar programs in effect, overall crime is down for that area.

Tips

  • Always keep your doors and windows locked - day or night, never let strangers in.
  • Never lend out your keys or leave your door unlocked for a friend.
  • Engrave your valuables with your driver's licence. (Obtain engraver and further information from the UTSC Campus Police Office Room SW-304)
  • Use UTSC Patrol at night (416-287-7022).
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency and public phone locations
  • Always keep window coverings closed at night
  • Do not advertise valuable merchandise in your home
  • Keep outdoor lights on during dark hours
  • Take a friend when going to the laundry room at night
  • If you have information regarding a crime on campus but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.