After recent terror attacks in Manchester and London causing many fatalities and the rise in national threat Aberdeen city has stepped up its security.
Last week, Union Square shopping centre stated that they would begin conducting bag searches at random on people visiting the building.
At the launch of their campaign Police were present at the centre communicating to the public about counter-terrorism awareness and to inform the police immediately if they see anything suspicious.
This campaign launch follows the rise in fear of terror after a recent rise in attacks in the UK.
Stating to the Press and Journal, Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson stated that “the threat to Scotland and the UK sits at severe, which means an attack is highly likely.”
However, although there is no specific evidence that would suggest Aberdeen, RGU or anywhere else in Scotland is at risk the security increase is merely to ensure the safety of the public.
Robert Gordon University is a large community with many students and so it is important that we all feel safe on campus. RADAR decided to get a response to assure students that RGU continues to be a safe and welcoming campus.
Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University said, “On behalf of all RGU, our deepest sympathies are with those who have been affected by the recent terrorism-related incidents in which, tragically, many people were killed or injured.
“While there is no knowledge of a current threat to Robert Gordon University or Aberdeen, and our campus remains a safe and welcoming environment for our students, staff and community members, it is a reality that university campuses and public spaces could be a target for those operating in terrorism. This includes the recruitment of individuals into networks that support such activities.
“It is incumbent on all of us to be aware of activities happening around us and to take the necessary precautions to prevent further incidents. We will also continue to receive guidance from Police Scotland, as we do regularly on such matters, and communicate further with our campus community as needed.
“Together we can keep RGU a safe community for everyone, which strives to be supportive and welcoming to all people, wherever they are from.”