Accra College of Medicine has 24/7 Security personnel located at both the hostel and the campus all day and night to ensure the safety of all members of the University community. The mission of the Campus Security Service is to maintain a safe and secure campus by providing quality policing. We cannot do this alone. We know that collaborative working is vital at ACM and we work closely with individuals so they can act on sound and simple advice to protect themselves and their property.
‘Security’ is everyone’s responsibility, from the protection of personal assets and those belonging to the College, through to crime prevention on a personal safety level. The campus is an extremely safe place to be at any time of day or night, however, there may be risks around and when travelling away from the College, particularly in and around town .You can minimize risks by adopting a few simple precautions.
Campus Security Tips
1. Away from Campus
- Avoid isolated places, especially at night
- Stick to well-lit and overlooked routes, wherever possible
- Try to travel in groups of two or more people. Perhaps ask your friends to join you
- If you are going out alone, tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to be back
- Mobile phones, laptop computers and digital music players are attractive to opportunist criminals. Be careful about where you take them and how you use them
- Never get into a taxi on the street unless it is licensed. Only use a private-hire cab that you have booked by phone (Uber)
- Don’t accept lifts from strangers
- Trust your ‘gut feeling’ and avoid people and situations that make you feel uneasy.
- Please, report any incident off campus to the police, be it theft or armed robbery.
2. On Campus
- Protect your belongings by locking your office/room door every time you leave
- Don’t leave purses, phones, laptops and other valuables unattended
- Keep valuables out of sight in your car
- Politely challenge anyone you see ‘tailgating’ or following behind you when entering the main building or any other secure areas. Ask to see their University identity card before you let them in. If they refuse, or take offence at being challenged, inform Campus Security
3. Be safe in your hostel
Whether you are on or off campus, this may be the first time you have lived away from home, or the first time that you have shared a house or room. Remember:
- Always ensure the main entrances and exit doors are securely locked after you everytime you enter or leave on campus, or the front and rear doors off campus, even when there is someone in the hostel. Keep your valuables away from open windows or louvres. This is because most burglars are opportunists and may try to steal items that are located close to open doors and windows, such as wallets, phones, keys and laptops.
- Do not allow anyone into your hostel unless you know who they are.
- Do not leave ID cards, cash cards, money, cheque books or keys lying around – do not put temptation in the way of your house mates or visitors!
- Never leave your room unlocked when you leave it – even if it is only for a short period of time. Make sure all windows are closed and locked.
- Do not leave your personal belongings where they can be seen through doors and windows.
- If you see anyone acting suspiciously, report it to Campus Security on duty.
- In case of Emergency contact East Legon Police Station on : 030 250 0975
*In spite of our resolute commitment to the safety of our students, it is physically impossible to maintain their security off campus.