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Off-campus robberies on The UWI’s radar

For Release Upon Receipt - April 1, 2019

St. Augustine

The Campus Security Department is working with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) to investigate a robbery involving four students which took place off-campus on Watt’s Street, St. Augustine around 12:25am yesterday, Friday March 29. Campus Administration has activated its support systems to ensure that all necessary care is taken with the students involved.

Commenting on the incident, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Brian Copeland said, “We want all our students to be safe and it is always unfortunate when incidents occur. These off-campus incidents of crime are not uncommon. As such, we have always encouraged our students to make use of the shuttle, escort and other services that are provided, when leaving the campus at night. Campus Security officers work around the clock to protect the well-being and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors. From proactive campus patrols to continued upgrades addressing areas of vulnerability, safety is our top concern. Following the student protest last October, we shared details of the ongoing improvements to security on the campus with all staff and students. This included increased police presence, additional security officers, increased patrols, and the piloting of a student safety mobile app. We continue to encourage students to sign up for this service.  Our approach to managing off-campus incidents continues to be close collaboration with the TTPS to investigate and mitigate.”


About The UWI

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI has evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students and four campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, and an Open Campus. As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Asia, and Africa such as the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Centre for Leadership and Sustainable Development, the UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. 

As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018, and was the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.  For more, visit


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)