|Different needs: DVC Prof Martin Hall addresses staff at the crime prevention forum, held at the health sciences campus, one of four scheduled on various campuses|
The second in a series of crime prevention fora was held at the health sciences campus last week, highlighting the special security needs of medical students.
The fora present a platform for staff and students to raise concerns about crime, in the wake of the recent murder of Prof Kevin Rochford (off campus) and an armed robbery on middle campus.
The spotlight was on the safety of medical students in areas of high crime, where they can be at risk travelling to and from clinics and hospitals, often after dark.
"We're presenting these fora at different campuses because we appreciate that the needs are different," Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall said. CBE manager Frank Molteno said that providing additional transport for late-night pick-ups at hospitals is "critical" for those using public transport.
It was mooted that Campus Protection Services (CPS) determine "safe routes" to clinics and hospitals in high-risk areas and that the risks in these areas should be assessed.
CPS manager Anwar Sambaba reminded the community that they may request an escort to their cars when they work late. Risk services manager John Tunstall said that the CCTV camera system on campus is being upgraded. The medical campus system should be fully operational by the end of June.
Those who are unable to attend the fora can present their crime-related questions via email.
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