UWI students warned of criminals on Daisy Avenue, Mona Road, Garden Boulevard, 'Gaza Strip', others
The Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reminded its students of seven major roadways near the institution that criminals use to target students.
The reminder comes as schools in the Papine, St Andrew area review security arrangements for their students living in surrounding areas in light of the brutal killing of a 22-year-old University of Technology medical student earlier this month.
In its crime prevention message to students and employees, the UWI said the killing of the UTech student serves as a reminder of the dangers presented to students walking to and from school on major thoroughfares.
It pointed to seven roadways it says criminals frequently use to attack students walking to and from school.
These include Daisy Avenue and Garden Boulevard in Mona Heights, Mona Road - from Garden Boulevard to Karachi Avenue and Blue Castle Drive on Mona Road.
Also listed are Hermitage Road - from the Aqueduct at Garden Boulevard to Princess Alice Way and Sir John Golding Avenue-from Irvine Gate to Elleston Flats.
Students are also told to be careful when traveling on Sir John Golding Avenue - from Irvine Gate to Papine - also referred to as the 'Gaza Strip'.
UWI says criminal elements travelling in motor cars or on motor cycles have been targeting students walking alone or in groups of two.
It says the robberies happen sometimes in broad daylight.
Students are reminded that there are a great demand for laptops, tablets, IPods, IPhones and other cellular phones.
The UTech student was shot dead on November 4 in an attempted robbery in Hope Pastures, while on her way from school.