Whether you’re a fresher or a post-grad veteran, your safety will always be a priority here at DUSA. From helping you get home safe after a drunken night out, to keeping you safe at home. It’s all about your safety!
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DUSA’s Night Bus
The DUSA night bus takes you from The Union to your home after a late library session or night out. Guess what? It’s absolutely free! Just hop on just outside Belmont flats, tell the driver the address (FYI, it must be within the city boundaries) and you’ll be on your merry way.
After every club night our customer safety team hand out free bottles of water. Remember the more water you drink, the less of a hangover you’ll have the next day… or so we’re told.
DUSA Taxi Scheme
If the night bus is too busy, the taxi scheme is an alternative way of getting home safe and sound. Don’t worry if you’ve run out of cash. DUSA have teamed up with Tele Taxis, who are able to take you home. All you have to do is give the driver your matriculation card. Your card will be dropped off at DUSA, and you will be able to pay for your taxi fare and collect your matriculation card the next day at reception. Simple. Terms and conditions apply. Ask at the DUSA Reception.
DUSA’s Zero Tolerance Policy
Here at DUSA and the University, we take a zero tolerance policy to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, threatening or intimidating behaviour. All those who violate the policy will face disciplinary action. If you have been a victim, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone, email or come over to the hive and we’ll help you out.
Top Tips for Walking Home
Catching the night bus or a taxi is a much safer way of getting home after a night out, especially if drinks had been flowing. When you are walking, here are some top tips to keep in mind:
- If you have to walk, stick to the main streets which are well lit by street lamps.
- Avoid taking shortcuts, for example through badly lit places such as parks or alleyways.
- Stay safe and alert by not listening to music and don’t have long conversations on mobile phones.
- Consider carrying a personal attack alarm.
- If you think you are being followed, cross the street (more than once if necessary). If you are still uncomfortable move as quickly as possible to a well-lit public area and telephone for help.
For more tips on staying safe in all situations visit Police Scotland.
Find Your Friends
This iPhone app allows you to see the location of permitting friends. This can help you find your way and let friends know when you’re home. Similar apps are available on Android and Google.
Staying Safe at Home
Halls of Residence
The University of Dundee prides itself on ensuring your safety whilst you’re in residence. However there are still things you can do to protect yourself and your personal belongings.
- Don’t let anyone into the building unless you know them or have seen identification.
- Don’t let anyone you don’t know follow you though a controlled doorway.
- If you’re ordering a takeaway, don’t give the delivery driver the keypad number for the security door.
- When leaving your accommodation, lock all doors and windows.
- Don’t put your name or room number on your keyring. It could direct a thief to your property.
- Report any suspicious activity to campus security.
Private Rented Sector Tips
- When choosing your flat it is essential that you research the area, the property and your landlord.
- When viewing accommodation, take someone along, or tell them where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
- Consider the time that you go to view the property – will it be dark?
- Make sure potential landlords are registered with Dundee City Council Landlord Registration. All landlords must be registered by law.
- Meet all potential flatmates in advance. If you sign a joint tenancy you will be joint and severally liable for any unpaid rent for all other tenants.
- Introduce yourself to your neighbours. It is always better to be on good terms and you can look out for each other’s properties.
- Think about the level of security and general area – is the street lighting sufficient?
- Is the property fitted with a smoke detector and (where appropriate) a CO2 detector?
- Are there curtains in any street facing room?
- Don’t leave keys in locks or in places an intruder could easily find them.
- Don’t keep flat keys and car keys on the same key ring in case this gets lost or stolen.
- Make sure your door entry system is working and all entrance to the property are secure.
- And when you go out, make sure all the doors and windows are locked.
- Don’t give keys to tradesmen – they could make copies.
- For gas safety we recommend this guide.
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