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Security alarm at Mona campus

Published:Saturday | November 26, 2016 | 11:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

There is a serious security issue on the University of the West Indies Mona Campus. On the night of Thursday, November 24, 2016, there was an attempted robbery, allegedly by gunpoint, by the campus' Main Library - located in the centre of the University. This attempted robbery, along with those before, continues to increase student and staff perception that security is poor and needs improvement.

The university has also assured students that the campus is safe and that some of these criminal activities are carried out by students. However, the university can do more to increase safety and decrease opportunities for criminals to strike. This includes maintenance of its lights and a ramping up of security surveillance.

There are lights on the campus that are not working and have not been working since last semester. A few of these lights are located on the driveway to the Elsa Leo-Rhynie Towers Hall and other areas in which pedestrians travel.

As a matter of fact, I know two students who have been robbed in the deli area. One was jogging and the other was coming from a late law class.

The university has many security officers on campus. Also, it has its own police station. But there are many areas on campus that demand the presence of security or police officers. Many of the security personnel are stationed at a post - they do not move.

I will not lie to you and say that the university does not try to be proactive in fighting campus crime. As students, I have seen them on my hall making presentations to students on safety and security. Also, the university has tried to implement certain systems to increase security, such as the police excursion system and the checking of identification cards.

The excursion initiative is beautiful, as it allows students to call a number and have a police vehicle transport them to and from their destination. But how many students can the police vehicle carry compared to the demand?

JEROME PALMER

International Relations Student

UWI, Mona