TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk releases new data on crime likely to affect students #cugcrime16
By David Jobbins, Monday 19 September 2016
Students at universities in the South East (outside London) and South West of England are less likely to be the victims of crime than students in the North, according to analysis of official data by the Complete University Guide.
Compiled from official police data, the Complete University Guide's ranking gives the most authoritative picture possible of the crime rates for the most common offences affecting students at almost 130 universities and other higher education institutions in England and Wales.
- See the top ten universities for low crime levels, and the ten universities with the highest levels of relevant crime.
After the South East, the South West is the second safest region in which to study, while the East of England and Wales are also above the national average.
|East of England||6.95||1.09||26.91||34.96|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||11.11||1.53||26.73||39.36|
The Complete University Guide has taken professional advice on the crimes most relevant to students.
- It uses three offences: burglary, robbery and violence and sexual crimes.
- Universities are then ranked on the cumulative rate of all three crimes occurring over 12 months in those areas where students live in term-time.
- While these offences are the three of greatest relevant to students, the figures themselves are based on all victims in the locality, not just students.
For 2016, the Complete University Guide has significantly revised its methodology so that comparisons with earlier years are not significant.
- They no longer relate to areas within three miles of the designated main campus. Instead they are derived from the term-time addresses given by students themselves.
As official data for crimes affecting students are not available, and universities do not publish any data on a comparable basis, the figures relate to all crimes within the three categories.
- They are not a direct measure of these crimes against students.
Other key findings
- The rate for the three student-relevant crimes in the areas where students live in England and Wales is 36.5 per 1,000 residents.
- Burglary rates are lowest in the South East (3.37) and highest in Yorkshire and the Humber (11.11), the North West (10.84) and the East Midlands (10.77).
- Robbery rates are below two incidents per 1,000 residents in every region except for the North West (2.01) and London (2.77).
- Violence and sexual violence rates are lowest in the South East (22.21) and the West Midlands (22.50), and highest in the North West (30.1) and North East (33.25).
UK universities do not have to collect and publish data for crimes against students
Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of the Complete University Guide, said: "In contrast with the United States where the Clery Act requires universities in receipt of federal funds to disclose campus crime statistics, UK universities do not have to collect and publish data for crimes against students on and near their campuses.
"Regrettably, in the UK, universities are either unable or unwilling to disclose the rates of crime directly affecting their students on campus, let alone off campus, a matter of considerable interest to potential applicants and their parents.
"Our data accurately reflect the levels of crime of greatest relevance to students in the streets where they live while studying at university. They provide information that is not available to students from their prospective choices of university and which, alongside other advice, assist them to make informed decisions about where to live and study.
"We have refined our methodology to reflect the level of crime where students live while studying. This is fairer to universities in city centres or with multiple campuses."
The Complete University Guide publishes top tips to help students keep safe, and secure their possessions.
- See the complete table – Crime Statistics in England and Wales 2016