Improve College Lane Campus Security
Improve College Lane Campus Security
We as students currently feel unsafe in our own living space as a result of an incompetent security team. Students of the University of Hertfordshire whom are contractual residents of College Lane Campus accommodation have been consecutively let down by campus security within the first month of our university experience. At this stage it is not an inconvenience to have incompetent security but it is a risk to our overall safety. For many students, this is the first time they have lived away from parents/guardians. Independent living is a challenge in itself, but we are paying not only for accommodation but also security. The issue as hand is not that we are not receiving our moneys worth, but that our wellbeing is at risk at the hands of inept security.
The lack or security and lack of professionalism was at its height on Halloween night on the 31st of October. There was multiple incidents that should have been handled and contained by security. There was fireworks and small explosive devices being thrown directly at either groups of people or individuals. This is incredibly dangerous and can cause serious life changing injuries. This continued for over 3 hours and countless fireworks were misused. Campus security did not handle this situation. There was a reported incident of a resident frantically asking a member of security to deal with the dangerous situation at hand. This student reportedly received an offensive hand gesture from the same member of security. There was also incidents of security not wearing face coverings appropriately. Not only is this against guidelines set by government officials and university officials, it poses a threat to our wellbeing. Whilst explosive dangerous devises being the most prevalent issue, the fact security did not make an effort to distance the groups of hundreds of students during a global pandemic is absolutely unacceptable. The night resulted in armed police in riot gear arriving with a helicopter surrounding the accommodation. This result was because of students/residents calling the police, not security. It is the job of the security to call police if the situation gets out of hand however this did not happen. The security are so incapable of fulfilling their role that the situation dangerously escalated and even a stabbing and multiple physical altercations occurred.
Multiple other incidents regarding the inadequate security have occurred over the last month. For example every instance of a fire alarm going off (not including drills), security walk to the building in question with no sense of urgency or purpose. Thankfully there has been no serious incidents regarding a fire however if there was and the security handled it the way they have handled any previous potential fires, possible lives could have been at risk.
The residents of a Schofield Court townhouse had woken up to their kitchen vandalized and contents of their kitchen either missing, broken or used. In the current era of COVID-19, health and safety should be at the forefront of university therefore people should NOT be allowed to waltz into someone else's flat, use items and mingle in an accommodation that isn't theirs.
Around the 15th of October 2020 it was reported that the main front door of Newton court flat 40-50 did not lock i.e., you were able (without any force and without a key) to open the door that grants access to all the flats in the block. Not only is this utterly unsafe for the residents, but as said before, there is an even greater risks a result of COVID for someone to become sick as they are able to enter a flat that isn't theirs and encounter a vast amount of people, touching things that they shouldn’t be.
There must be a solution for this inadmissible security team. Whether that is retraining, more/different staff members and a serious push in the right direction is urgently needed. We as students should feel safe, comfortable and cared for in this university campus. We do not feel safe. This has to change.