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Campus Watch offers ‘walk to car’ service to staff

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 3:12pm

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Campus Watch team members Vicky Papahadjis and Dave Ogilvie walk Annabelle Cole to her car. Photo: Milo Wink.

Staff members who feel nervous walking to their vehicles in the dark can call Campus Watch and have a friendly pair accompany them.

The University of Otago Campus Watch has offered a walk home service for the past 10 years and would like to remind staff of the service offered, Team Leader Garry McLennan says. It is particularly during times of year when it gets dark early.

“Campus Watch has spoken to several staff members who were not aware that we would be more than happy to walk them to their vehicles if they are working late,” he says. “And just as importantly, to be knowledgeable about our ‘walk home’ service to pass onto their students.”

In addition to the ‘walk homes’, Campus Watch runs a Safety Patrol vehicle from 11pm to 3am on Wednesday to Saturday night – picking up students who need to be delivered to a place of safety.

He says both services are well utilised – particularly around exam time when University libraries and buildings are open late.

And as well as providing safety, the walk homes are also a great opportunity to chat.

“The safety of our students is paramount and if we can ease the stress on these busy young people in some small way by ensuring they don’t have to worry about walking home alone in the dark then we consider that a great way to spend our evenings/nights.”

Would you like to be walked to your car?

Contact Campus Watch on 479 4882.

Would you like to know more about the services Campus Watch provides?

Campus Watch does much more than lock and unlock buildings and would love the opportunity to talk with departments about the range of services it provides, Mr McLennan says.

They would love to attend a staff meeting, morning tea or similar meeting and speak with staff.

The on-call Team Leader can be contacted anytime on 479 4882 to arrange.