From time-to-time opportunistic criminals will enter teaching and office spaces looking for things to steal. They are hard to spot, but if a person looks out of place or suspicious for any reason, please contact UC Security immediately.
Be particularly aware of people following you into spaces tail-gating on your legitimate access, without using an access card of their own. Once you have entered an area, please ensure the door is secure behind you.
If you see someone who seems out of place contact UC Security on 0800 823 637 (it is recommended you save this number in your mobile) or internally by dialing 6111.
This is not a major problem, but it’s important to remain vigilant.
Meanwhile UC Security are busy everyday on campus working to help keep people and property safe. This includes:
- assistance with access to rooms
- campus patrols
- responding to calls about suspicious people or activity
- workshops about security.
Earlier this year, in collaboration with UC Security and the UC Sustainability Office, UC Bike repaired, recycled and sold bikes that had been abandoned on campus. “The goal was recycling bikes and putting more people in the university community on bikes rather than making money off already cash strapped students”, Zac Porter from UC Bike explained.
In total UC Security donated 18 bikes that had been left unattended for between 1 and 3 years. Using the UC Sustainability Office’s Dr Bike tools, Olly, Zac, Ben and Brad repaired as many of these as they could. “Of these 18, we managed to get 14 running and gave them all a service, recycling what we could of the bikes that were too broken. We had quite a few franken-bikes by the end!” One of the bikes had been stolen and was re-united with its original owner.
The bikes were then sold to current and past students at a fraction of what they were worth. In total, UC Bike made over $1300, which will be spent on holding events such as Mechanics Nights to further benefit the cycling community at UC. “On Mechanics Nights we teach the basics of bike maintenance, such as how to tune a derailleur, fix flat tires, adjust brakes or anything else the attendees may want to learn.” The next one will be in Term Two with the date yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye out for the event notification on UC Bike’s Facebook page!
For this year all the recycled bikes have been sold but UC Bike plans to do this every year as an ongoing initiative.
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