Safety & Security
Attending a new school is an exciting and sometimes ‘nerve-wracking’ experience for both students and parents. Whether moving away from home or commuting to and from, the student experience at McMaster University will prepare the individual for the great adventures of life that lie ahead.
McMaster Security Services provides many services and encourages the development of individuals within the university. We take great pride in making McMaster “a safe place to work, live and learn”. Our officers, who are all sworn Special Constables, patrol the campus by car, bike and foot 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our phones are always answered by a live person who can provide all types of assistances.
One of the greatest services that we can impart is knowledge. Our Crime Prevention Office is a great place to get information about personal and property protection and other popular topics of interest such as identity theft. Our focus here at McMaster is prevention and we are constantly developing new proactive programs.
We encourage our student to keep their personal property secure at all times. This includes always locking their door, even if leaving for a minute and never leaving their property unattended while studying or attending class. It only takes a second for a thief to steal your valuables.
Security Services is pleased to introduce a new property protection program at McMaster. It is the Security Tracking of Office Property (STOP) program. This program utilizes a metal plate which includes a bar code and serial number that registers the owner and the specific machine to an international database. This plate is small but powerful. It is chemically bonded to the device (e.g. laptop) and is extremely difficult to remove. It actually takes 800 lbs of pressure per square inch to remove the plate from the device it protects. If someone does manage to get the plate off the device, it leaves an ink tattoo that cannot be sanded off. This tattoo says “STOLEN PROPERTY”.
When you purchase a STOP lock specifically for laptops, it includes not only the metal STOP plate but also a cable lock to connect to the metal plate. The lock on this cable is a barrel lock which is unable to be picked even by a professional thief. There are also smaller plates that can be affixed to an iPod or other small devices. If you would like more information on obtaining a STOP lock, check out our website at www.mcmaster.ca/security/stop/htm.
In this time of excitement and possible trepidation, Security Services wishes you the best as you open a new chapter of your lives, and we look forward to watching the class of 2012 develop and grow within the McMaster community.
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