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Improved security for UWI campus

The trinidad Guardian / Security at the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies is expected to be improved in light of recent reports of robberies at the institution.

Students accompanied by members of the Guild of Students marched through the campus on Monday after they presented a range of recommendations to Deputy Principal Prof Indar Ramnarine and Director, Campus Security Noel Corbett.

Among the recommendations from the Guild were stricter enforcement at points of entry, increased night patrols, installment of more lighting towers, use of metal detectors, more security cameras, instalation of a public announcement system, an alarm system, id scanners and a toll-free emergency number.

The Guild stated there has been a marked increase in the number and frequency of criminal acts against students while on the campus for the month of October.

“Naturally, panic and unrest have overcome the student population,” the Guild stated in a release.

The University, in a statement on Monday, said the student demonstration came shortly after a meeting where members of the administration engaged the Guild of Students.

“The meeting was one in a series of consultations held over the last two weeks to develop a robust approach for addressing the security concerns on campus,” the UWI said.

New security measures include :

· The renewed enforcement of the campus’ “No Thoroughfare Zone” policy

· Parking permit and ID checks

· Increased campus security presence at all entrances to the campus

· The installation of additional lighting

· Improvements to the shuttle service

· Joint patrols with the campus security and the TTPS

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