The campus community is advised that a robbery took place on Western’s campus on April 12 at approximately 10:20 pm. A student was walking up the University Hill when she was approached by a female suspect requesting to use her cellular phone. The student provided her phone at which time a second female suspect appeared and the two suspects fled with the phone. There was an altercation and the victim was assaulted. London Police were called and the two suspects were arrested off campus.
While these incidents are very rare, Campus Community Police reminds the campus community that Western Foot Patrol operates daily on campus and provides free and safe escorts to students, faculty, staff and visitors (519-661-3650). During the April exam schedule, Foot Patrol will operate daily from 9pm-1am. Office hours will be Monday-Friday 1-4pm.
Blue Emergency Phones are also located throughout campus and provide a direct link to Campus Police.
Campus Police are always patrolling campus both outside and inside buildings.
Walk with Foot Patrol, a friend or near a group of people.
Travel in well-lit high traffic areas. Avoid short cuts, treed pathways, and poorly lit parking lots. If you must travel an extra distance in order to ensure your safety then do so. If jogging, go with a friend.
Be alert and aware of your surroundings so that you are able to identify a potential problem or possibly an assailant.
If you feel that you are being followed, seek immediate assistance from a school, business, hospital, or any place that you can reach safely. To prevent a possible reoccurrence or potential risk to others, notify the police of the incident.
Communicate with your family and roommates. If you are leaving, let them know your plans and expected time of return.
Trust your intuition. If a situation or person makes you feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, go with your feelings. Immediately remove yourself from the area or person.
Report suspicious, erratic or unusual behaviour immediately. Even if you are not sure if there is cause for concern, trust your gut and call Campus Police.
Always keep in mind that your personal safety is more important than money or merchandise.