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Increased security at UBC after reports of voyeur on Vancouver campus

WATCH:  A safety alert has been issued for women on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

The University of British Columbia has ramped up safety measures at their student residence buildings after reports of a voyeur on campus.

“There’s been five reported incidents and they seem to be escalating,” said Andrew Parr, Managing Director of UBC’s Student Housing & Hospitality Services.

“The early situations were him finding ways into secure buildings and entering female bathrooms. The latest incident–the one that really escalated this into something more significant–was he did actually crawl into bed with a young woman.”

The incidents happened at Place Vanier and Totem Park residences. Among those targeted were young girls attending summer camps.

Both the RCMP and campus security have stepped up their patrols and UBC has hired a third party for extra security.

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“Right now we’re suggesting that they lock their windows,” said Parr.

“Of course, when the weather’s hot, [it’s] not the best situation, but it does add to their safety.”

There is no indication from police that these incidents are connected to a series of sexual assaults on the UBC campus, dating back to 2013. The latest happened on March 18, when a woman was attacked at Totem Park residence around 1 a.m. The 27-year-old student was found and arrested and police say this was not connected to the 2013 attacks.

Currently there is no description of the suspect.

-with files from Catherine Urquhart

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