UBC invests in campus safety features

August 15, 2014

The University of British Columbia has announced a $750,000 investment in new campus safety features at its Vancouver Point Grey campus. The funding will go toward improved lighting, strengthening the campus Safewalk program, additional coverage of security bike patrols, and the development of new communication features for the Mobile UBC app. The funding comes following the recommendations of a campus safety working group that was put in place in response to a series of sexual assaults in 2013. “UBC’s Vancouver campus has been and continues to be a very safe place to live, work and study and we are committed to tangible, practical safety improvements. We also agree with safety experts that ultimately the best crime prevention is a caring, connected, and respectful community. This is why we’ll also be focusing over the long term on education and community-building initiatives,” said UBC President Arvind Gupta. These initiatives will include educational and awareness-building activities, tracking and monitoring of safety data, and improved coordination between communications, police, and victim support services. UBC News Release