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Campus security plays only a limited role in emergency calls.
According to campus security statistics for December 2012, there were 13 reported emergency situations, four medical calls and three reports of found property.
Justin M. DeCoene, 21, of St. Catharines, a third-year Acting for Film and Television student, says he believes the number of emergency calls should have increased because of the weather conditions of late, but they actually decreased.
He credits that to the maintenance crew.
When it comes to theft, DeCoene says obtaining a locker is the best way to prevent stolen property.
“My program doesn’t necessarily interact with security as much as others, but I believe it shouldn’t be their responsibility or main concern to help retrieve stolen item.”
He says the best way to avoid these situations is to put any items of value in a secure locker.
Emily Brekelmans, 19, of Welland, in her second year of the Police Foundations program, says she thinks most emergency calls are due to people having medical issues.
“I think that if someone needs medical attention, they should be able to receive it anywhere at any time.”
Brekelmans says stolen belongings are found and returned every now and again, but she does not think that security’s involvement has anything to do with it.
“Students are more involved than security.”
“Keep your belongings with you at all times, especially if they are valuable, such as laptops and cell phones.”
She says if you happen to find an item that is not yours, turn it in to the Info Centre or security office. If the situation were reversed, you would hope someone would do the same for you.