UG students cautioned against entertaining persons soliciting money, other support

Management of the University of Ghana has warned students against entertaining without caution, persons who enter the University premises to solicit funds and other support from them.

The Management of the University explained in a statement that it could be one of the many strategies adopted by criminals to prey on students.

Director of Public Affairs, Stella A Addo said management’s “attention had been drawn to recent armed robbery attacks by certain unscrupulous persons, including motorcycle riders on the University’s main campus as well as in the residential areas.”

Management, therefore, has put in place some measures to ensure student safety on their various campuses.

Students have been warned to be “wary of strangers, beware of suspicious taxi drivers, pickpockets, and con-men.”

It further warned students against jogging alone, entertaining strangers, using poorly lit routes and walking alone at night.

Students and employees have also been advised to carry their ID cards at all times and also ensure that all doors were locked in the absence of any of their roommates.

The statement also said students should, “report or question any suspicious character loitering around halls, always call on the Porters or Security around if in doubt and report issues concerning electricity, water, and fire to the Porters or the various hotlines.”

Management further urged members of the University community to cooperate with the security agencies in their collective efforts to ensure a safe and secure environment on campus by reporting suspicious persons to the University Security, and also to be vigilant.

Below is a copy of the statement;

ROBBERY ATTACKS ON MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

Management’s attention has been drawn to recent robbery attacks on members of the University community by certain unscrupulous persons, including motorcycle riders on the University’s main campus as well as in the residential areas.

Management would like to assure members of the University Community and the general public that a number of measures have been put in place to enhance safety and security on campus. Additional security procedures, including random checks, will be forced during the on-going GUSA games.

While management is making the necessary arrangement to ensure a safe and secure environment for the community to go about their duties and activities, members are advised to take note of the following safety and security tips:

* Employees and students should carry their ID cards at all times. Employees who commute to work with motorbikes are advised to carry their staff ID with them at all times for inspection by the Security.

* Do not use unapproved routes.

* Do not walk alone especially at night.

* Be wary of strangers.

* Avoid poorly-lit routes at night.

* Do jogging and other outdoor exercises in groups.

* Do not entertain people you do not know.

* Beware of suspicious taxi drivers and motor riders.

* Beware of pickpockets and con-men (confidence tricksters).

* Do not entertain without caution, people soliciting money and other support. SAFETY AND SECURITY AT GAMES VILLAGE

* Ensure that your doors are locked if roommates are not there.

* Report or question any suspicious character(s) loitering around the Hall.

* Always call on the Porters or Security around if in doubt.

* Report issues concerning electricity, water and fire to the Porters or the various hotlines. Further, members of the community are urged to cooperate with the security agencies in their collective efforts to ensure a safe and secure environment on campus by reporting suspicious persons to the University Security, and also to be vigilant.