Athlone Institute of Technology can be a relatively busy environment as well as the surrounding areas of the college. Student Safety is a key priority and the protection and maintenance of a safe environment for both students and staff is key throughout the campus.
An Garda Síochána have developed 'Campus Watch', which is a key guide for students to help develop and better their safety whilst both on campus and off campus.
The very nature of a campus, where unfamiliar faces are common and accepted, lends itself to the work of the criminal who can blend in quite easily around halls of residence. For example, it is not unusual to see people carrying backpacks and other items without suspicion.
For students on tight budgets, expensive items are difficult to replace, and it is highly advisable to spend a short time considering how effective measures can be taken to reduce the possibility of theft. The good news is that there are a number of actions you can take to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.
Campus Watch is similar to a residential Neighbourhood Watch scheme in that it is a crime prevention and community safety programme. It operates as a partnership between An Garda Síochána and the Campus occupants. It works on the basis that every member of Campus can help to improve the quality of life on site by keeping a look out for students, staff and visitors, and reporting suspicious activities to the Gardaí.
If you feel your safety is at risk in anyway both on or off campus, please contact the GARDAÍ and the Welfare Officer Niall if you have an issue in relation to your safety.
Here is a link to the Campus Watch Guide: