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Estate Patrol

Estate Patrol is a mobile, response based service covering all aspects of security, safety and welfare for staff and students.  We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, monitoring and responding to fire, intruder, lift and security alarms as well as monitoring over 800 CCTV cameras across campus.  All Estate Patrol staff are first aid trained and we carry an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) along with a fully stocked first aid kit in each of our patrol vehicles.

Estate Patrol can be contacted to deal with anti-social behaviour and noise complaints, lock-outs and emergency maintenance issues outside of office hours. We are also available to talk to about the security of property and personal safety both on and off campus.

The University of Exeter has extremely low crime levels and is a safe campus but you still need to remain alert and aware of your surroundings. The Security team will endeavour to maintain a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors by remaining vigilant and acting proactively to minimise risks.

Lost property - please refer to our webpage Lost property

The University has a campus-wide CCTV Scheme in operation with in excess of 800 cameras throughout the site. This is manned 24 hours a day by in-house staff within the Security Control Centre located in Northcote House.  The primary aims of the system are:

  •     to assist in safeguarding the welfare of staff, students and visitors to the campus
  •     to provide a safer environment for vehicle parking
  •     to provide improved security of university property
  •     to assist in the prevention, deterrence and detection of crime

The CCTV system is governed by a strict code of practice which takes into account the Data Protection Act 1998 and Human Rights Act 1998.

The department has a committed team of Residence Patrollers who work overnight during the term time to provide extra security around the accommodation blocks and also to be available for any welfare issues that might occur out of hours.

The Residence Patrollers are available during the night if any student feels that they need to talk with somebody or they have a concern that they would like to discuss but don’t feel comfortable talking to the Estate Patrol Team.

Having the Residence Patrollers also means that they are able to assist the patrol with emergencies like looking for students who are reported missing or helping with fire evacuations. Also all of the Residence Patrollers are first aid trained which means in an emergency they are normally the first point of contact.

While the Residence Patrollers are making their rounds they are also able to check for any health and safety risks and check that the fire fighting equipment has not been tampered with.

The Residence Patrollers are also available to sort out disputes that might occur between flatmates before they escalate. This usually involves monitoring noise levels and making sure that during study weeks students are able to revise in peace.

The Estate Patrol provides a “Guardian Angel” service to any member of the University who needs to walk alone after dark from any location on campus to any of the car parks. This will involve using the CCTV system to monitor their route.

Anyone wishing to use this service should call the Estate Patrol on 3999 when they are getting ready to leave their building to arrange with the duty supervisor to monitor CCTV cameras on the route that will be taken.

Users of this service should be aware that the Estate Patrol will do their best to provide instant cover, however, because of the nature of the security staff duties there may be some delay in providing this service, every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.

Please note that this service is only available where there is CCTV coverage. Users of this service are reminded to stay vigilant as they are still responsible for maintaining their own safety.

Personal Safety Apps - there are many safety apps available for mobile phones to help keep you safe.  We recommend you investigate the options and choose the best fit for you.

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