UKZN Risk Management Services

Security

Risk Management Services Security provides and maintains a protected, safe, and secure environment for all persons across the Universities five campuses; to protect University assets from theft, damage or destruction; to respond to emergencies.

This is done using awareness, electronic security and visible physical security.

  • Awareness: through interaction and communication with the community, the South African Police Services (SAPS) as well as meetings and workshops with students and staff. RMS strives to ensure that there is awareness of security issues, and provides advice on how to deal with various situations. While RMS works to provide an effective service, the university community is a large one and members are encouraged to assist by anticipating and recognising a crime or safety risk and involving RMS in the implementation of some action, either to reduce or to eliminate that risk.

  • Electronic Security: all physical equipment that has been installed to enhance security effectiveness, such as electric perimeter fencing, electronic access control, booms, gates, and CCTV camera surveillance. (Reviewing of CCTV footage is only done for reviewing crime incidences.)

  • Visible Physical Security: the uniformed security staff maintain a high visibility profile while patrolling the campus on foot and in some instances vehicles (Cars and Quad bikes), and their presence acts as a positive deterrent against potential criminal actions. They highlight areas that are vulnerable and those of negligence, such as doors and windows that have been broken or left unlocked.
 

Security is responsible for the prevention of crime, the detection and apprehension of offenders, the reservation of peace and the protection of students, staff, and University property across its five campuses.

Security officers patrol the entire campus 24 hours a day.

Staff, students, contractors, and visitors can help make the Universities campuses safer for everyone by assisting in:

  • Recognising and taking conscious steps to avoid potentially risky situation.
  • Reporting any suspicious behaviour to Security, no matter how minor it may appear.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Use well-illuminated walkways and paths during darkness.
  • Ensure vehicles are locked and secure when parked.
  • Report all thefts and other incidents to Security.
  • Ensure Departmental staff are aware of safety issues.
 
All reported incidences are captured on the departments Chase Management System. The department also investigates all incidents of crime in close cooperation with the SAPS.
 

Campus Managers

Thamsanqa Mbatha

Manager

(031) 260 3441
mbathat3@ukzn.ac.za

EDGEWOOD

Vacant

Manager


HOWARD COLLEGE
MEDICAL SCHOOL

Trevor Abrahams

Manager

(033) 260 6218
abrahamstj@ukzn.ac.za

PIETERMARITZBURG

Sabelo Mapanga

Manager

(031) 260 8092
mapangas@ukzn.ac.za

WESTVILLE

Campus Managers

By using the suggested crime prevention techniques listed above, could reduce your chances of you becoming a victim.

If you are however confronted with a threatening situation, the following are very IMPORTANT:

  1. Attempt to remain calm.
  2. Use your judgement of the situation and do anything to stay alive.
  3. No material possession is worth endangering one’s life for.
  4. If confronted by a criminal who is armed, or claims to be armed, give up your property immediately.
  5. Try to remember what the criminal looks like (e.g. Age, height, hair colour, clothes, voice etc.)
  6. At the first opportunity, contact the RMS Control Room immediately on the respective campus you are on.
 

Crime Prevention

The best way to prevent crime is for all staff, students, contractors, and visitors to always be aware of your surroundings and particularly the people in your environment, and to follow the below measures to ensure their safety and security.

Staff, students, contractors, and visitors to the University are encouraged to be alert for suspicious persons in and around campus buildings and in parking areas.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Are they hanging around for no apparent reasons?
  2. Are they looking into cars as they walk through the parking areas?
  3. Are they going from room to room trying door handles?
  4. Are they carrying valuable property from buildings after normal campus working hours?
 

Criminals rely on the community being indifferent and “minding their own business”.

If staff, students, contractors, or visitors suspect anything suspicious, they should notify the nearest visible uniformed security guard or contact the RMS Control Room on the respective campus immediately.

PLEASE DO NOT PURSUE the criminals. This is strongly discouraged.

Crime Victims

By using the suggested crime prevention techniques listed above, could reduce your chances of you becoming a victim.

If you are however confronted with a threatening situation, the following are very IMPORTANT:

  1. Attempt to remain calm.
  2. Use your judgement of the situation and do anything to stay alive.
  3. No material possession is worth endangering one’s life for.
  4. If confronted by a criminal who is armed, or claims to be armed, give up your property immediately.
  5. Try to remember what the criminal looks like (e.g. Age, height, hair colour, clothes, voice etc.)
  6. At the first opportunity, contact the RMS Control Room immediately on the respective campus you are on.