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The University Security Control Centre (USCC) provides a 24/7 security operation and is the focal point for emergencies and incidents across the University estate.  The security section provides a response to alarms, the monitoring of Close Circuit Television (CCTV), the provision of security patrols and key holding duties.

The security office can also be contacted to offer any security advice contact details are listed below: 


Routine Calls - (24/7)

01223 (3)31818 

Duty Supervisor

01223 (7)62833

Emergency Calls - Internal - (24/7)


Emergency Calls - External

01223 (7)67444

Security Office - (office hours only)

01223 (3)39513



Crime Prevention

Less than one percent of the overall crime committed in Cambridge occurs on the University of Cambridge estate.

The majority of which is preventable petty theft of bicycles, portable IT devices, purses, wallets and other personal items from working or public areas within the University. Paying attention to where such personal belongings are will most often prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

The University Security Control Centre or the Security Office offers crime prevention advice should you require it.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary also has an excellent website prevention/advice/ that will answer most FAQ’s on crime prevention matters.


The Security Control Centre monitors over 800 fire, intruder and environmental alarms in over 370 University buildings. We are an out of hours resource that provides staff, students and visitors with a single point of contact as well as assistance and some measure of reassurance in the case of any incident or emergency.

False Alarms – preventing false alarms is one way in which you can help us to help you. Please always:

  • Ensure all users are properly trained on the operation of the alarm system
  • Ensure all doors and windows are securely closed
  • Ensure detection devices are not obstructed
  • Check the premises are empty before setting the alarm system
  • Always enter and leave the premises using the agreed entry/exit route
  • Ensure entry cannot be gained to the protected area other than by the entry/exit route when the system is set
  • Always switch off the system before entering protected areas
  • If opening/closing times have been agreed advise the Security Control Centre if you plan to open/close outside of these times
  • Advise your alarm provider if there are alterations to your building or contents that might affect the system
  • Ensure your alarm system is regularly maintained

Anti -Terrorist Role

Everyone has a role to play in helping to prevent terrorism. You can do this by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the police and/or the University Security Control Centre.

Suspicious activity can include:

  • Someone noticeably behaving differently for no obvious reason
  • Someone with a large number of mobile phones for no obvious reason
  • Someone with passports or other documents in different names for no obvious reason
  • Someone who travels for long periods of time but is vague about where they are going
  • Someone buying or storing large amounts of chemicals for no obvious reason
  • Someone taking an interest in security like CCTV cameras for no obvious reason

Specialist officers are provided to receive these calls – let them decide if the information is important.

Don’t rely on others. If you suspect it report it.

Call the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321, or ask the University Security Control Centre to do so on your behalf.