March 2016

To: All Students, Faculty and Staff at UBC’s Vancouver campus

Over the past two years, UBC’s Campus Safety Working Group has been implementing measures to improve safety on the Vancouver campus. One of the Working Group’s recommendations was to expand the network of Campus Blue Phones by doubling their number to 40 and placing them in strategic locations across campus, including all of the parkades.

Campus Blue phones are your 24/7 direct line to Campus Security. Whether you have a concern, need general assistance or are in an emergency, use the Blue Phones to be immediately connected to Campus Security.

All Blue Phones are being upgraded to include cameras, which are intended to give Campus Security situational awareness during an emergency call. Normally, these cameras are not actively monitored or recording, and will only be turned on during an emergency or when somebody pushes the button to be connected to Campus Security.

We are also installing security cameras at the bus loops. These cameras will not be actively monitored, but they will record activity 24/7. The recordings will only be accessed for incident investigation purposes.

The University recently approved Policy 118 (Safety and Security Cameras) to ensure that cameras are used in a way that respects and safeguards personal privacy. The Responsible Executive for Policy 118 is the University Counsel, who is charged with the responsibility for overseeing the University’s compliance with its privacy obligations. For more information about Policy 118 and the Terms of Use for approved camera system, visit cameras.ubc.ca.

As always, we welcome your feedback at security.ubc.ca/feedback and look forward to hearing from you through the weeks and months ahead.

Two intruder incidents occurred on the evening of March 23, 2016.  The first at Place Vanier, Ross House and the second at Totem Park Residence – Shuswap. A further two incidents occurred the following night, March 24th, 2016, at the same two locations. 

The RCMP and Campus Security attended the scene but were unsuccessful in locating the suspect. The RCMP are investigating these incidents and believe they are linked.

The suspect is described as male, in his mid-twenties & approximately 5’11’ tall. He was wearing dark clothing.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the RCMP at 604-224-1322.

UBC Campus Security operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond immediately to all non-emergency calls (604-822-2222).  Please refer to the Campus Security website for further information/updates. www.security.ubc.ca

What are these alerts?

Campus Alerts are issued as part of UBC’s commitment to providing transparent campus crime and safety-related information to the community. The following protocols dictate when an Alert is issued:

  • a serious incident has occurred;
  • there is a risk of a crime or incident recurring;
  • a RCMP investigation will be assisted by bringing forward witnesses and information.

This is an urgent safety alert for the UBC Vancouver community.  
 
The RCMP has released a statement today advising the community of a sexual assault that occurred on Friday, March 25, 2016 at approximately 10:00 p.m. in the 3200 block of Wesbrook Mall. 
 
 
Police are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the person responsible for this incident. Please provide any information to the University Detachment RCMP at 604-224-1322 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
 
UBC has taken several steps recently to ensure the safety of our campus community, including additional security around student residences and the expansion of the UBC Blue Phone network. There are additional safety measures available to you:
 
•Use the AMS Safewalk Program (604-822-5355) to have someone accompany you from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 
•Use the Translink Community Shuttle, which operates on a fixed route and stops near residence (www.transportation.ubc.ca)
•Use UBC Blue Phones to connect directly with UBC Campus Security https://security.ubc.ca/campus-blue-phones/
•If you find yourself alone late at night on campus after these other services have stopped running for the evening, please call Campus Security at 604-822-2222 (put this number in your phone) or use a UBC Blue Phone and a security patrol will accompany you to your campus destination.
 
The University is doing everything possible to assist the RCMP in their investigation. Campus Security and the RCMP continue to patrol campus and respond to reported incidents. Personal security is an important consideration for everyone at UBC. Please take the utmost care and be aware of your surroundings when travelling on campus. For support and safety resources, please see http://www.ubc.ca/staysafe/ 
 
We recognize these are preventative measures that will not stop every crime from happening; however, we can work together proactively to create a safer community at UBC.
 
Sincerely,
Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

A suspicious incident occurred at 2am on March 31, 2016 at the Marine Drive Building 5 Residence a male was seen pressing himself against an exterior window of the lounge of Marine Drive, Building 5. The resident in the lounge left, and the male tried (but was unable) to enter the building.

The RCMP and Campus Security were called, arrived quickly, but were unable to apprehend the suspect.. The RCMP continue to  investigate the incident.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the RCMP at 604-224-1322.

UBC Campus Security operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond immediately to all non-emergency calls (604-822-2222).  Please refer to the Campus Security website for further information/updates. www.security.ubc.ca