The press conference that everyone awaited, featuring the most recurrent theme, campus security.

The press conference that everyone awaited, featuring the most recurrent theme, campus security; was carried on October 8, 2014, counted with panelists Jesiel Díaz Cόlon, President of the General Student Council of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez; Gustavo Cortina Rodríguez director of the Quality of Life Department of the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez; Carlos Marrero, director of the Department of Transit and College Security of the UPRM; and Jorge Barbosa, lieutenant and supervisor of the night shift of the UPRM  Campus Police, gave information about campus security and other useful material, within that data they gave tips and facts about how you should act in case of a criminal attack against you, also they talked about the new campus safety measures and other future measures that are being evaluated for emendation.

Personal security

In an assault or aggression situation is very difficult to act and think straight, but as the majority of the panelists agreed, you should preserve your life no matter what, even if this means that you should not go against the will of your attacker and you should try to evade a fight at all cost and if you have the opportunity run. Most of the criminals just want your valuable items, alleged Barbosa; to prevent further acts of aggression hand, recommended Barbosa, Marrero and Cortina.

Tools for personal defense

While you should not carry a taser while on campus, Barbosa said, “act then ask.” In case that your life is at risk use any measure possible to your defense, just be careful not to be abusive in the means that you use and never tell anyone what you carry, these were the suggestions of the panelists Marrero and Cortina, which also agreed with Barbosa and  mentioned that pepper spray is a much better alternative because it is permitted on campus and has less lethal capacity.

Security options and tools offered on campus

Campus Security offers some tools to the students to use whenever they don’t feel safe. Parts of these tools are the campus security numbers that are active 24 hours which can be dialed for either reporting a crime or any other confidence. Escort services are also available and campus guards can give you a ride to your car or any building in the campus. They even offer to give you a ride to your home.

Recently adopted security measures by the university’s police

These recent measures have been implemented to keep the college community safe. These have ranged from closing the access gates of the university only leaving the main gate open and guarded at night, to limiting the access students have to certain areas at night and reinforcing these measures on special holidays and events celebrated on Mayagüez.

Upcoming security changes

While confronting difficulties in the security system, some efforts have been made to make the campus a safer place. Students suggestions are being evaluated, these include concentrating evening classes in a building, offering a 24 hour study areas, offering trolley services the days of late night exams, and keeping the gates open and guarded on those same days.

Security cameras on campus

This was a very recurring theme on the conference; Marrero and Díaz said that the installation of security cameras is not going to eliminate the problem, though it may help to clarify cases there are still many other areas in the campus security structure that have to be improved like the human part of the system. Also Díaz clarified that it still has to undergo a lot of paper work and the funds are scarce.

Jorge Barbosa, Carlos Marrero, Jesiel Díaz and Gustavo Cortina (from left to right) were the four members of departments related to the security at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, which participated on the conference as panelists.

Jorge Barbosa, Carlos Marrero, Jesiel Díaz and Gustavo Cortina (from left to right) were the four members of departments related to the security at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, which participated on the conference as panelists.

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