Staying Safe and Secure
Students are seen as rich pickings by some petty criminals who safely assume that they have a mobile or smart phone, a laptop, and other electronic equipment, and maybe even a bike, a car or some designer gear.
- It is better to be safe than sorry and a few basic precautions go a long way to securing your wellbeing.
- It is estimated that a third of students become victims of crime, mainly theft and burglary, but many incidents could have been prevented.
- Most students are blissfully unaware of crime in our towns and cities until they fall prey to it. This is particularly true of freshers partying in their first few weeks at university who are not street-wise about the local area.
- Often student victims may be the worse for wear, perhaps having taken advantage of drinks promotions in a club or pub.
- The figures speak for themselves – about 20 per cent of student robberies occur in the first six weeks of the academic year.
- Your university and student's union will offer advice on personal safety, taking care of your belongings, and how to ensure that your accommodation is safe and secure.
Take a look at:
- Crime statistics for university towns and cities with two or more universities.
- Crime rates in the areas close to universities in England and Wales, where students will be living, travelling, and socialising (i.e rates for the general level of crime within a 3-mile radius).
We publish these figures together with the tips which follow on the basis that 'forearmed is forewarned'.
- The rankings are compiled from official police and home office data and, whilst not perfect, give a much more realistic picture than might emerge from scare stories in the press or questionable claims about safety in the odd prospectus. If safety and security are significant factors in choosing where to study then here are some hard facts to consider.
- You should note that these figures may over-represent crime levels. This is because they are based on resident populations and take no account of short-stay visitors and commuters. The likelihood of becoming a victim is therefore less in real terms than these figures might suggest.
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