Se­cu­rity alarm at Mona cam­pus

Jamaica Gleaner - - @ISSUE -

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 LeoRhynie 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

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