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UBC voyeur triggers campus alert

07/15/2015 09:47 EDT | Updated 07/15/2016 05:59 EDT
UBC RCMP have issued a safety alert at its Point Grey campus because of recent incidents of voyeurism.

"What we've learned is that young teenage females who are here as part of a summer camp program have encountered a person watching them as they're in various stages of undress," said Sgt. Drew Grainger.

"This person in entering into shower and bathroom areas of these student residences."

The RCMP has received three separate reports of voyeurism at the university's Vanier and Totem Park residences, but the encounters have been brief, causing inconsistent information about the suspect, he said.

"We have varying accounts of different identities of the person believed to be committing this crime," said Grainger. 

UBC says it's taking extra precautions as a result, including hiring additional security, increasing patrols, and providing additional front desk staff at residences.

The RCMP is also urging campus residents to take extra steps to protect themselves, including:

- Locking residence doors.

- Closing blinds in bedrooms.

- Locking doors to bathrooms, if possible.

- Asking someone to watch the door when they're using shower facilities.

Rising concern

Campus staff have posted notices around campus alerting people about the potential threat.

The news has some women on campus feeling concerned about their safety.

Susanne Butcher, a temporary campus resident, recently saw a notice about the alert posted on the door of her residence.

"It wasn't here the first week, so when I read it, it did give me pause for thought," said Butcher.

Past sexual assaults on campus

RCMP say there is no connection to other recent attacks and sex assaults on or around campus. 

In February, a woman was grabbed from behind by a male stranger. 

In 2013, UBC and the RCMP issued a safety alert following a spate of disturbing sex attacks.

Earlier this month, a CBC News investigation into campus sex assaults revealed that date published by UBC on sexual assaults was out of sync with RCMP figures. 

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