The UNA neighbourhoods are safe neighbourhoods with a generally lower crime rate than most parts of the Lower Mainland. The RCMP provide policing for the entire campus community, including the UNA and the University Endowment Lands (UEL). There is also a private security patrol that operates in UNA neighbourhoods from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
Safety for Children
Even though the UNA is a safe community there are still things parents should be aware of.
Safety tips for families:
- Make sure that your child knows their name, address, and telephone number and how to dial 911 in case of an emergency.
- Encourage your child to remain with friends when playing in public areas, such as parks and playgrounds.
- Make sure that you know where younger children are at all times.
- Make sure that your child is familiar with your neighbourhood and safe places where they can go in case of an emergency.
- The Old Barn Community Centre is always a safe place where children can go if they are lost, have any safety concerns, or need to phone their parents.
For more Child Safety Tips see Child Safety Tips for Families.
Safety for Adults
Although the UNA Community is a safe community, it is still important to be aware of potentially dangerous situations.
Safety When Walking or Jogging
When jogging or walking it is better to remain in areas of high visibility, go with a friend or your dog. If this is not possible, or you simply enjoy running in the woods or other quiet spaces, it is important to carry a safety whistle and/or a cell phone, and to remain alert by not wearing an ipod or other electronic devices that could prevent you from hearing any signs of danger.
If you must return to your home or vehicle after dark, remain in well-lighted areas and be alert for potential dangers. These may not always be humans. Don’t forget that our community is home to skunks, raccoons, and coyotes all of which can be dangerous if they are surprised or approached too closely. Tips for coexisting with coyotes.
One of the best ways of all to be safe is to know both your neighbourhood and your neighbours. The more places that you are familiar with and the more people you know in your neighbourhood, the more likely you will feel safe.
H1N1 immunization clinics are being held in Vancouver starting November 2 continuing through December 19, 2009. For more information, click here.
Help make your neighbourhood safer for everyone by becoming involved in theBlock Watch program. Block Watch is designed to train people who live in a neighbourhood to watch out for each other’s safety and report any potentially dangerous or suspicious behaviour to the local RCMP. Training is provided and the program normally involves a relatively small amount of volunteer time. To find out more go to Block Watch.
For other useful contact information, please check the 2008-2009 Blue Book Reference Guide.