Campus Public Safety

Campus Public Safety (CPS) is committed to engaging our community to make SFU a safe and secure environment to live, learn, and work. The CPS divison is dedicated to providing the best public safety and resource protection services to our University community. Through our campus stakeholders and external partners, our goal is to facilitate a culture of security awareness, crime prevention and general safety at our University.


What's New?

26 February 2018

Division Name Change - Campus Public Safety

Effective February 2018, Campus Safety & Security Services (CSSS) has formally changed its name to Campus Public Safety (CPS).

The name change will not affect any aspect of operations. Rather, CPS leadership feel that it more accurately reflects the true nature of the department’s role within the community – one that is not simply as a security organization. CPS provides public safety services through the integrated expertise of specialized units, and it supports the larger divisional objective of creating a safe campus environment for the public.  This name change reflects a step forward, an evolution in our purpose, and clarity around our role within the University structure and community.

As a reminder, the sections within the department will be known as:

  • Campus Security (CamSec);
  • Physical Security Solutions (PhySec)
  • Traffic Safety (TrafSaf)
  • Student Safety Engagement Program (SSEP).

21 February 2018

Aggressive Wildlife at Burnaby Campus

An aggressive barred owl has been reported in the vicinity of the Discovery 2 building located at Discovery Parks on Nelson Way at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby Campus.

Please be aware that an owl has been exhibiting natural territorial behavior as a result of its nesting season. You can avoid conflict with owls in general by avoiding nesting areas and choosing alternate walkways. Individuals should not approach to feed or take pictures of owls but give them adequate space. If an individual has long hair or hair in a pony tail that may imitate an owl’s natural prey species (such as asquirrel’s tail), they should wear a hat and colorful clothing that sets them apart from their surrounding environment. It should be noted that there is no present concern for rabies in BC.

For more information, please contact O.W.L., our local Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.

For immediate assistance contact Campus Security at 778-782-7991 or for emergencies call 778-782-4500.

19 May 2017

Vancouver Police Department Safety Advisory

The Vancouver Police Department has issued a public warning after the statutory release of convicted sex offender Cameron Eugene Ratelle. Read the release here.

Ratelle is bound by the conditions of his statutory release, which include not being on the property of any educational institution or school, including university campuses. Ratelle has previously been seen in an SFU Burnaby student residence building and has a history of targeting women in university residences. 

If you see him in a residence building or on campus contact Campus Security at 778-782-4500 or the Burnaby RCMP via 911.

For support and safety resources, please visit our Personal Security Page.

8 May 2017

New Security Services Provider

On 1 May 2017, Concord Security, the provider contracted to provide frontline security services for SFU Campus Security was absorbed by Paladin Security. During this aquisition, the delivery of public safety and asset protection service to our community remains unchanged across the three campuses, and the compliment of dedicated security staff remains in place.  

What will change in the coming weeks is the corporate branding on the uniforms worn by Campus Security's contracted security officers which will identify them as Paladin Security.

Campus Security looks forward to the new relationship and we are excited by the possibilities this partnership will bring to enhance protection services for the SFU community.  

9 March 2017

Distracted Driving Awareness Events

March is Distracted Driving Awareness month. To promote this safe driving campaign, SFU Traffic Safety, ICBC, and the RCMP will be hosting two events on SFU Burnaby campus:

  • Wednesday, March 15th (11am – 1pm) – Discovery 1 Building Atrium with Fraser International College (FIC)
  • Thursday, March 16th (11am – 1pm) – South AQ Concourse (3000 level)

Highlights of this event include an ICBC tabletop driving simulator and SFU’s distracted texting obstacle course. Also take a traffic safety survey and enter to win $50 gift cards to the SFU Bookstore and Hope to see you there!

Did you know…

"Distracted driving was responsible for nearly a quarter of all car crash fatalities in BC over the past five years, making this the second-leading cause of motor vehicle fatalities behind speeding and narrowly ahead of impaired driving," - Michael Weightman, ICBC Road and Safety Coordinator

Find out more information on preventing distracted driving from ICBC and the RCMP

22 February 2017

Safety Alert on the Burnaby Campus 

Message to the University Community from Mark LaLonde, Chief Safety Officer

We wanted to alert you of a disturbing situation that took place at Burnaby campus last night. At around 7:30 pm, an SFU community member was walking towards a parking lot and was sexually assaulted by a suspect. The survivor was able to resist her attacker, who fled. RCMP were notified, immediately responded and are investigating.

The university community member did not appear to be physically harmed, however she was understandably badly shaken. SFU Safety and Risk Services are working with the survivor to provide support and assistance. We are cooperating closely with the RCMP to support their investigation.

This incident of sexual assault is very upsetting. We have increased our security presence on campus, especially the more secluded areas, and continue to patrol all three campuses to look for suspicious activity and offer assistance to our community. Please follow a few guidelines to stay safe:

  • Add the SFU Campus Security phone number to your contacts: 778-782-4500.
  • If you notice suspicious individuals or feel threatened, call 911 or Campus Security immediately. 
  • Avoid walking alone on campus and consider using our 24/7 Safewalk program.
  • Identify the nearest direct-line security telephone or blue emergency phone in areas you commonly visit.
  • Find more safety information and resources in our Personal Safety Guides. 

Burnaby RCMP is also requesting public assistance to help them catch the suspect. The Burnaby RCMP have included additional details about the suspect in their News Release. 

They are urging any university community members with information to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault, there are many supports in place to help you. Visit to get help and to get involved in our prevention and awareness programs. It takes all of us to create a campus community where sexual assault is not tolerated.

3 November 2016

Active Threat Protocols

In the wake of the tragic active threat incident at Abbotsford Senior Secondary yesterday, it is an important reminder for the SFU community to review our active threat protocols.

In the event of an active threat situation act to protect your personal safety immediately.
Your best options are to:

  • RUN: Evacuate the area if it is safe to do so
  • HIDE: Shelter in place and hide yourself if you cannot evacuate safely
  • TAKE ACTION: As a last resort, commit yourself to delay, block or overcome the threat

For more information visit our Active Threat page and watch our informative video.
If you are interested in receiving additional information you can also sign up for an Active Threat Workshop provided by Campus Security here.

We also recommend that you visit the Health and Counselling Services', Critical Incident page for information on how to best offer and receive support services after such tragic incidences.

August 24, 2016

 Scams and Threats Targeting University Students and Staff

Please be advised that there have been reports across the United States of a variety of email scams and threats targeting university students and staff.

It is possible that Canadian institutions could also be affected. Therefore, be on alert for the following messages. If you do receive such a scam or threat, please contact Campus Security or local police.

1.      Business email compromising schemes.
Business email compromising schemes are targeting colleges and universities through payment diversion fraud. Perpetrators have been portraying themselves as construction companies with an ongoing vendor relationship and provided alternate payment instructions for an electronic funds transfer to a different bank account than typically used.

2.      Threating emails from Yandex.
Students at a number of universities across the US are receiving personalized homicidal and sexual assault threats via email from an account ending in Though, presently the FBI is not aware of any credible threats, always report any incidents to Campus Security or local police.

3.      Scam Alert: IRS imposters.
IRS imposters have been targeting college students using a FBI caller ID and requesting payment of a “federal student tax”, a tax that does not in fact exist.


June 6, 2016

Mark LaLonde, Chief Safety Officer

Safety & Risk Services is pleased to announce that Mark LaLonde has joined SFU as our new Chief Safety Officer, effective June 6, 2016.


Mark comes to SFU from Xpera Risk Mitigation and Investigations where he was the Director, Risk Solutions Division. He is currently also a Sessional Faculty member in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley and was a consultant for Criminal Justice Reform at the United Nations Children's Fund and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 

He holds an MA in Justice and Public Safety Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mark to SFU and thank Laura MacDonald, Senior Director, Administration and Strategic Growth, for her role as Acting Chief Safety Officer in the interim.


March 3, 2016

End Gang Life

Campus Safety & Security Services is dedicated to facilitating a safe and secure environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus.  This includes addressing the root causes of criminality that may affect the safety and personal security of our campus community.  

As such, we support the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit-British Columbia in its efforts to end gang life through initiatives in education, prevention and awareness. Our End Gang Life webpage shares some of the valuable educational resources that may prevent young people from joining gangs, and encourage those involved in gang activity to leave that life.  If you or someone you know is involved in gang activity, please also consider referring them to the full list of resources available on the CFSEU-BC website.

February 19, 2016

RCMP Advisory

Yesterday Burnaby RCMP responded to the report of a sexual assault on Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail. While this incident did not occur on campus, Burnaby RCMP and SFU Safety and Risk Services are advising university community members to be on the look out for the suspect, who is described as a Caucasian male with a slim build, 5’7 in height, balding and between the ages of 40 and 50-years-old. At the time he was wearing black gloves, a grey hoodie, black jacket, black Adidas runners with green writing, and grey sweat pants that had very muddy cuffs.  Police have released a composite sketch of the sexual assault suspect here.

The safety and security of all SFU community members is the university's main priority. With this in mind, Burnaby RCMP are cautioning anyone in the area to take additional precautions of walking in pairs or groups when walking nearby this trail. 
For more information about the incident, please visit the Burnaby RCMP website. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Burnaby RCMP’s Serious Crime Section at 604-294-7922, or Crime Stoppers, if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or

December 11, 2015

Transit Police News Release - Fraud Warning

The Transit Police have issued a news release regarding fraud that is occurring around SkyTrain stations.  The news release can be found here.

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Traffic Notices

For SFU Campus road detours, road closure notifications, and traffic notices, please check the Traffic Safety - Traffic Notices section, or click here.

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For current campus and road conditions see our ROAD REPORTS page.

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