Earth Sciences
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Security in the Chamber of Mines (Geology) building is an issue that all staff and students need to be aware of. There have been incidents of theft of University property, departmental property and personal property, including money. It is known that petty criminals and thieves do wander around the campus, looking for opportunities. Some are brazen enough to walk straight into buildings to look for things to steal. The following simple precautions should always be taken.

  • Make sure the building entrance door is closed after you have entered.
  • Never block building entrance doors open unless the door is actually guarded, especially after normal business hours. If you see a door in this condition, close and lock it, or call security on x2333.
  • Never leave laboratory or office doors open unless you are actually in the room.
  • Always lock the door when you leave, even if it is just for a minute or two
  • Never leave bags, purses, wallets, cell phones, keys, etc. within sight. Always put these things away and preferably locked away when not actually in use.
  • Never keep money in rooms overnight. If you need to store any large sum of money that is not your own property, Mr George Olivier or Mrs Loxie Conradie can assist. Never leave your own money on University property overnight.
  • Small portable and valuable items (e.g., laptops, hard drives, etc.) should always be locked away, out of sight (or taken home) at night. In particular, if you are loaned a laptop or similar device by ES staff members it becomes your financial responsibility to replace the item if it is lost/stolen.
  • If you see anyone who you do not recognise in the building, you are perfectly entitled to ask who they are and what they are doing. If you are not satisfied with their answer, just call campus security on x2333.
  • If you witness a crime or suspicious activity on campus, call campus security on x2333.


Security is as much your business as your personal safety is, so please be vigilant.​