Crime reporting and prevention
If you are a victim of crime:
- had their car damaged by vandalism
- been assaulted while taking money from an ATM
- been assaulted whilst walking to their car at night.
As well as working to maintain a safe and secure campus, the work of Security Services includes supporting victims of crime, emergencies, and incidents who have suffered stress and trauma. If you have been a victim of crime you may feel a range of emotions including anger, shame and fear. Don’t be afraid to come forward to report the crime as Security Services Officers are specially trained to help you. Please contact Security Services on 9835 6000.
If you see:
- something apparently being stolen - report it
- an unlocked motor vehicle in a car park - report it
- a door that shouldn't be open - report it.
- always lock away your handbag or wallet
- don't leave valuables or items of University equipment where they could be easily stolen
- wear your identification card, if you have one.
When you call to report an incident or emergency to Security Services they will ask a series of questions such as:
- who you are?
- what happened?
- where did this happen?
- when did this happen?
- will encourage you to report crime to the NSW Police. You can do this from a dedicated phone with direct access to the Police Assistance Line
- can recommend steps you can take to avoid similar situations
- can refer you, if necessary, to specially trained people on campus such as the Student Counselling Service. UNSW Staff are referred to the Employee Assistance Program.
Note: all information provided to Security Services is treated seriously and is handled in line with the Privacy Act 1998.
Respect. Now. Always: Let's talk about sex and consent
UNSW has zero tolerance for sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape and takes reports of this behaviour very seriously.
In an emergency, contact UNSW Campus Security on 9385 6666 for help and support. Or visit www.student.unsw.edu.au/harrassment for other confidential advice and support options.
UNSW Security and Traffic Management would like to remind all staff and students that fraudsters are running a number of scams currently and being alert to their tricks is the best protection.
What are some of the most common scams?
- International student fees 10% discount: Students provide their student ID and the fraudsters then pay the student fees online with stolen credit cards. Students can see that their fee has been paid, and they then pay the fraudster an amount equal to their fee minus 10%. Students then face having to pay their fees twice because their first payment was made illegally.
- Dating website blackmail: Fraudsters pose as single people on a variety of dating websites, apps and chat programs (including WeChat, Tinder, RSVP, etc). They establish an online relationship and attempt to obtain intimate photographs or videos from the intended victim. They then use these images as blackmail, threatening to release them publicly or to close family members unless the victim pays a significant sum of money.
Report fraudulent behaviour
If you are concerned you are being scammed or have been caught by a fraudster, please contact UNSW Security and Traffic Management on 9385 6000. UNSW Security can help you to report the crime to the NSW Police and provide warnings to other students and staff if you report these crimes.
Protect yourself from scams
Scamwatch.gov.au has some helpful advice to avoid being scammed:
Never send money or give credit card details, online account details, or copies of important personal documents to anyone you don’t know or trust and never by email.
- Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency. It is rare to recover money sent this way.
- Note that government departments will never contact you asking you to pay money upfront in order to claim a fee or rebate.
- Legitimate credit card or loan providers will not ask you to pay a fee to guarantee approval, and banks and credit unions will only allow you to have a credit card if you meet their criteria. No one can guarantee these approvals in exchange for a fee.
- Verify the identity of the contact by calling the relevant organisation directly – find them through an independent source such as a phone book or online search. Do not use the contact details provided in the message sent to you.