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Safety Resources Around Campus

York Security Services endeavors to keep you safe by providing a number of different resources easily accessible on campus. This page will help you to identify all security personnel and resources available to you in case of an emergency.

Security Control Centre

You can contact or go to our Security Control Centre (open 24 hours) to access Security Officials and other personnel to report incidents.  The Security Control Centre is located at 228 William Small Centre on the Keele Campus.

Your Security Team

York Security Officials are trained professionals, available 24 hours a day, to respond to all incidents on campus. Their uniforms make them easy to identify, and you can see them patrolling campus on foot, in marked vehicles, and on bikes (weather dependent).

Patrol Security Official

  • Foot, bike, vehicle
  • Responds to incidents, calls for service
  • Performs First Aid/ CPR and AED
  • Alarm Response
  • Emergency Response

Residence Watch Official

  • Monitor and control access to residence buildings
  • Patrol and respond to incidents in residence
  • Assists students as necessary

Campus Relations/ Crime Prevention/Investigations

  • Community outreach and education
  • Event security planning
  • Surveillance
  • Statistical Analysis and Crime Prevention
  • Investigative services such as incident/complaint follow up, assist law enforcement

"WHY WORK ALONE" Security Check

Are you concerned about working alone in a classroom, lab or office at night or on weekends and holidays?  If you are working alone between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday to Friday, or anytime on weekends or holidays, you can call Security Services at extension 58000 and report:

  • Your name.
  • Where you are working.
  • How long you will be working.
  • A phone number where you can be reached (if available).
  • If you would like security escort when you are finished.

The security operator will ask if you can be phoned hourly during the estimated work period or visited periodically by Security or Student Safety Officer if no telephone is available. If you do not respond to a telephone check, security staff will attend the work site to ensure you are okay.

You must call the Security Control Centre upon completion of the work period, or if you decide to leave earlier or stay late than reported.

Secure Transportation


  • The York goSAFE Team provides you with a safe escort on foot from any on-campus location, and will wait with you until your transportation has arrived or until you are inside.
  • To arrange for a goSAFE escort, call 416-736-5454 or click here to learn more about goSAFE.

Off-Campus Shuttle


Important Tools on Campus

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)Closed Circuit TelevisionBlue Light Emergency PhonesBlue Phone
  • There are over 660 CCTV cameras strategically located across campus that are monitored/recorded 24 hours a day. As well as being an effective crime deterrent, they also provide video evidence that is used for investigative purposes.


  • There are 35 Blue Light Emergency Phones located across campus. They are equipped with a blue light that flashes to make them highly noticeable when activated . By pressing the call button on these phones, you are connected directly with Security Services who will respond immediately.
 Indoor Safety PhonesSafety Phones
  • Indoor Safety Phones are located in all buildings on campus, and are clearly visible and identifiable from a distance. They are equipped with two direct line buttons, one to connect directly to Security Services to report an emergency, crime in progress or any other need for assistance, the other to connect to goSAFE to arrange for a walking escort.
 LCD Emergency ScreensLCD
  • There are 72 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) television screens mounted in high traffic areas on campus, including most academic buildings and all undergraduate residences.
  • These screens are used during campus emergencies to broadcast emergency messages and/or instructions to the community. During non-emergencies, these screens are used to broadcast current news headlines, weather and time and date information.