NUPSA is concerned about the safety of students on campus following an incident on 31 May during which a student was held at knifepoint near Warabrook train station and forced to withdraw money from an ATM before the assailants fled. We find it to be unacceptable that a common thoroughfare was not being monitored by security, and we are alarmed that a student was able to be escorted at knifepoint through the campus without encountering any members of campus security. This incident follows an armed car-jacking near the student residences earlier this year.
This is not good enough. After security services were outsourced to be managed externally, the University assured students that this would not result in a decline in the quality of services and would not compromise student safety. This does not appear to be the case. The University owes staff and students an explanation, and NUPSA will be seeking this through the appropriate channels.
Contact details for campus security and emergency services can be found here.
You can also find information related to security on campus in NUPSA’s student guide, here.