Safety Rounds

McMaster Rounds are a Crime Prevention initiative designed to work with the community to improve safety on campus. The basis of rounds is similar to "medical rounds" in a hospital where the treatment plan of a patient is shared with a group to gain feedback and support along with a teaching opportunity.

Rounds are completed three times a year (Fall - dusk, Winter - night, Spring - day), and apply the concepts of CPTED.

Goals of McMaster Safety Rounds

The goals of the program are to:

  1. Recognize good work and current practices at McMaster as they relate to safety
  2. Observe and make recommendations on areas where improvements can be made
  3. Convert recommendations to Campus Action Plans and provide feedback

Past Rounds Reports

March 2014 Rounds Report

October 2013 Rounds Report


Membership is open to all McMaster students and faculty. If you are interested in becoming a member of McMaster Safety Rounds, please contact Rob Weir at


CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) refers to the proper design and effective use of the physical environment to produce behavioural effects that will reduce the incidence and fear of crime. CPTED entails 3 principals:

  1. Natural Access Control: Denying access to areas, such as putting locks on doors and putting fences around unsafe areas.
  2. Natural Surveillance: This includes lighting, CCTV cameras, lowering vegetation, and increasing sightlines for increased visibility
  3. Territorial Reinforcement: This refers to the physical design of an area and how it contributes to the sense of territory, such as having the area clear of debris.


What to Watch For

As a member of McMaster Safety Rounds, these are some areas to watch out for:

  • Sightline Obstructions
  • Shrubs
  • Lighting
  • Shadows or Alcoves
  • Doors and Locks
  • Walkways
  • Fences
  • Cameras
  • People
  • Traffic
  • Assistance Phones
  • Security Presence

More details can be found in this Powerpoint.