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Making your environment more secure

Keeping your immediate environment safe

Physical environment

First, consider your environment in general. Your building will be accessible to many individuals after hours. Is your work area in an isolated part of the building or close to an exit? Next, examine two important factors in the security of your area: the windows and doors and the locks.

Windows and doors

Always keep your windows locked. Easily accessible windows create an additional security risk. Use window coverings to conceal the contents of your office. If possible, move valuable equipment to a less visible location.

Always lock your door when you are absent, even if only for a few minutes. Do not prop open doors to anyone's area or building. Secure those you find open.


  • Control of keys is an important step in maintaining secure work space
    Deadbolt locks offer the best protection.
  • Keep a record of your key distribution.
  • Keep possession of your keys - do not loan them.
  • Minimize duplication of all keys and only duplicate keys through the campus Facilities Department.
  • Report all lost or stolen keys immediately.

If you move to a new area, have a change in staff or lose some keys, consider having the area rekeyed for your own security. The issuing department is responsible for collecting outstanding keys from staff, faculty, and students.

All modifications to your area should be approved through the campus Facilities Department to ensure your own safety and to confirm adherence to building codes. Please report broken or non-fastening locks, doors, or windows, to Facilities Management immediately.

Mark your property

We highly recommend marking all valuable items in your area. Marking an item makes it not only unattractive for thieves (because it can be traced and is difficult to sell) but also enables police departments to identify it as stolen and return it to you if it is recovered. Lock up your personal property while you are at work.

Engravers are available free of charge from the Campus Security Department. When engraving equipment it is suggested that you engrave as close to the serial number as possible. Example: (Property of McGill University, Dept Of Animal Sciences)


If you consider your area to be sensitive or at a high risk of theft or break-ins, consider contacting the Campus Security Department to discuss the wide range of options for monitoring such areas.

Installing an alarm system can be very expensive and should only be considered if your area contains valuable equipment and is at significant risk. Please feel free to contact Campus Security who can evaluate the risk factor and suggest an appropriate alarm protection system.