6 News Sponsored by NOUSE : THE UNIVERSITY OF YORK STUDENT NEWSPAPER Snappy Snaps 31st January 2006 Car thefts lead to security concerns NEWS EDITOR BY Daniel Whitehead Gray had a similar expe- rience in which her side door was burnt off only a fortnight A RECENT OUTBREAK of ago, and her CD player car break-ins on campus has removed. lead to fears of car safety Since the rash of break among students and staff at ins, some students have the University. reported that they may Inquiries into the extent reconsider their use of car of car related thefts have parks on campus. When revealed that the Innovation James student Richard Centre (Science Park) and Green was asked whether he Halifax College car parks would consider parking on were some of the worst hit. campus, he replied “probably Neither have been provided not…because of safety”. with CCTV coverage by the One Halifax official said University. “why would you need a car Josie Williamson, a resi- when there is such a good dent of Langwith E block, bus service?” I wouldn’t park was the victim of a break-in my car here”. towards the end of the Henry Ho, a resident of Autumn term. She said that Halifax College, also in the same week as her car expressed his concerns at the had been broken into she amount of car break-ins; had been aware of 10 other calling for “more security to similar thefts, and 3 in the protect cars”. In response to same day. She and her these fears, the security housemate, Frieda Gray, department stated that they have both had their cars “the University is always raided since moving into looking to improve the CCTV The Halifax car park is poorly lit and lacks CCTV coverage, causing a target for thieves. Photo: Georgi Mabee Langwith in September. coverage on car parks” and Williamson reported that patrols are carried out at Security Operations Innovation Centre car parks. ment, such as satellite navi- However Little added that- that, after parking her vehi- night on a regular basis. Manager of the University The incidents, which are gation devices. due to the “poor images” it is cle behind her house over the Further incidents have confirmed that three vehicles believed to have been related CCTV footage on one of not clear what the suspects weekend, she was informed been reported across cam- between Saturday 21st and to one another, involved the the main car parks indicates look like. by a friend that her side win- pus, including burglaries at Sunday 22nd of January breaking of side door win- that two male occupants He confirmed that “local dow had been smashed by Halifax College and James were broken into on the dows and the stealing of driving a small hatchback police are investigating the thieves who stole her CD College. Rob Little, the West, Chemistry and expensive electronic equip- may have been involved. matter”. Staff admit high chance of Student apathy stops recycling in colleges asbestos find during survey NEWS CORRESPONDENT BY Nick Dingwall Secretary, said residents had been invited to "take respon- sibility for clearing [their CAMPUS RECYCLING has kitchen's recycling box] on a NEWS CORRESPONDENT BY Joe Surtees die each year from mesothe- student who cannot be been brought to a halt in regular basis. So far only one lioma and asbestos related named said “there are all some colleges because of a student has responded". lung cancer as a result of past these men walking around in lack of student volunteers. The University is paid THE UNIVERSITY HAVE exposure to asbestos. Annual full protective clothing, and The news has been met with by York City Council for admitted an asbestos survey numbers of deaths are pre- students wandering around disappointment by many every tonne it collects and is currently taking place in dicted to go on rising into the them in dressing gowns. It’s students, and some have last quarter raised £300. Vanbrugh B and C blocks, as next decade”. a bit unnerving”. been quick to blame their Despite this, the University staff admit a “high Asbestos, mixed with This is not the first time colleges. University won't allow the possibility” of the dangerous cement, was widely used as a staff have faced an asbestos However, Charlotte money to be used to supply building product existing in building product up until the scare in university buildings. Bonner, an SU Environment Environment reps with the buildings. If asbestos is 1980’s due to its resistance to In October 2004, officials Officer, pointed out that no essential items such as found, the University is com- fire or heat. admitted having “known for college takes responsibility gloves, which have to be mitted to undertaking the However it was banned years” that potentially lethal for the emptying of recycling bought with Junior Common long and costly process of its for use in construction in the asbestos existed in the bins; "without student vol- room funds. removal. mid 1980’s due to the discov- Bleachfield Residences, in Full protective clothing unteers, recycling on campus James Hyde, a Music There have also been ery that the inhalation of cer- which families with small as worn during a recent would grind to a halt". Technology student, said concerns that asbestos may tain types of asbestos fibres children are housed. This has been the situ- "The University shouldn't be be present in other older (mainly from the Amphibole Speaking at the time, college asbestos survey ation in both Alcuin and allowed to keep that money – campus buildings such as group) could cause certain Steve Adamthwaite, the Wentworth, where the lack it should be put back into Langwith and Derwent, serious illnesses, including principle Environmental have recently arisen about of Environment Represent- recycling, perhaps publicis- where it is expected that sur- some forms of cancer. Health Officer for the City of whether the degree of danger atives on the JCRCs has led ing ways to recycle on cam- veys will also take place. The survey, which will York Council said, “I am posed by asbestos has been to cleaners removing recy- pus". Jane Whyman, the facil- continue into week four, is aware that many of the overstated. cling boxes in all kitchens. The news comes in ities manager for Zone 6, being carried out by Durham University buildings will When the material is Tom Stratton, the Think Week – a week of confirmed the high likeli- based firm MIS contain asbestos. It goes with only present in small recently appointed JCRC events designed to promote hood of the carcinogenic Environmental Ltd. the age of contruction”. amounts it is very unlikely Chair for Alcuin College, has environmental awareness on product existing in college Whyman assured any In November of the that the fibre could be dis- assured students that after campus. buildings, but moved to reas- worried students that the same year, a Breakz events in lodged and subsequently the forthcoming by-elec- YUSU Environment sure students that “there is buildings will be subject to Vanbrugh was forced to close inhaled. tions, where the position of Officers have been giving out absolutely no danger to any airborne monitoring whilst after another asbestos scare, According to the HSE Environment Representative postcards at their events, pupils presently at the the work is being carried out when an organiser broke website, most serious illness- is contested, "the bins will be addressed to Brian Cantor, University or to any who and if any amount of through the protective sheet- es and deaths related to the re-instated in order to let the the Vice Chancellor. have left previously”. asbestos is detected it will be ing on one of the walls. product are due to past heavy new reps sort the situation It is hoped this petition However, according to dealt with immediately by a Students were immediately exposures in industries like out." will force the University into the HSE website, “at least licensed contractor. evacuated from the area. shipbuilding and railway Sue Lister, the action on their environmen- 3500 people in Great Britain However, one Vanbrugh However, questions engineering. Wentworth College tal policies.