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Code blue emergency stations to enhance safety at Langara College

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Code Blue emergency stations under construction in front of Langara's Building A on Feb. 5, 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock
Code Blue emergency stations under construction in front of Langara’s Building A on Feb. 5, 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock

Students staying late on campus might soon feel safer crossing Langara’s dark, deserted courtyards on their way to the bus.

Langara College is installing 11 code blue phones outside the main buildings to help improve campus safety.  The upgrade was funded by the Ministry of Education.

Code blue stations have an alarm and a phone line that is wired directly to the security office. When an alarm is activated, security personnel are immediately alerted to its location.

Safety a priority for Langara security staff

“Security incidents have a high impact on people and serious consequences for organizations,” said Dan Krefting, Langara’s campus security manager. “We want to bring our security up to par with everybody else.”

Krefting said that he is hoping the new system will reassure students and staff that their safety is a priority for the college.

The phones will operate on a separate system from Langara’s landlines, providing an alternative on campus if the internal phones go down.

No security incidents in the last year 

These emergency blue phones are all around UBC campus. Photo courtesy of UBC.
These emergency blue phones are all around UBC campus. Photo courtesy of UBC.

The phones are more of a precautionary measure because the college hasn’t had any security incidents in the last year, Krefting said.

The code blue stations will help security immediately identify a person’s precise location if a problem occurs.

Most students don’t have Langara’s security phone number programmed into their cell phone.

UBC has had code blue stations for almost 17 years 

“There were two purposes to why the stations were put in: emergency assistance of any kind and for international students who were lost,” said Paul Wong, acting director at UBC security.

Wong said that although the system is effective, the university doesn’t track how often the code blue stations are used.

Reported by Puneet Dhami

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