UBC Campus Security 2020 Annual Report reported an increase in assaults recorded in the early stages of the pandemic. Five assaults were reported on the UBC Vancouver campus in 2020, up from two in 2019.
UBC Vancouver Campus Acting Director of Security Ali Mohjedi said in a statement that the security team was “surprised” by the increase in assaults on the Vancouver campus, but refused to speculate on the possible causes of this increase. According to the report, most of the assaults were not perpetrated by members of the UBC community.
âThis increase is in line with what we’ve heard from other organizations who have also seen an increase in behaviors of concern during the pandemic,â Mohjedi said.
UBC Okanagan experienced 12 assaults in 2020, a slight increase from the previous year.
2020 was a year marked by the inactivity of a locked campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Campus Security therefore focused on securing access to buildings, preventing unauthorized entry and reducing property crime.
Property crime has seen an overall decline across all categories, with a notable decrease in thefts (from 289 to 128 reported cases in 2019 and 2020) and auto thefts (35 to 26 cases respectively). Campus Security attributes this to both the decrease in activity on campus and the decrease in the number of commuters.
Break-ins have also seen a decrease, from 73 cases reported in 2019 to 54 in 2020, with an increased effort to strengthen security throughout the pandemic. Similar trends are seen at UBC Okanagan, which has seen a decline in break-ins and thefts.
Campus inactivity was also reflected in the reported public safety incidents, with a notable decrease in student welfare checks (from 81 to 43 reported), battery increase requests (248 to 158 reported), as well as safety transport requests (586 to 253 reported). ).
Campus Security attributes this decrease to a lack of presence of the student population on campus and notes the adaptation of these services to public health orders, such as security transport by foot or by bicycle rather than in closed vehicles. .
Looking ahead to 2021, the department aims to focus on developing a training matrix and a development plan that will allow it to raise its standards to internally recognized standards, as well as on the inclusion of training on equity, diversity and inclusiveness.
With in-person activities returning to campus, the focus is on preventing and reducing property crime.
âCampus Security is seeking to restart all previous initiatives where possible, as restrictions begin to be lifted and the campus is slowly reoccupying,â the report said.