Sunderland among safest for students, claims report

PC Shane Jennes is the Sunderland University Campus Police Officer.
PC Shane Jennes is the Sunderland University Campus Police Officer.
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WEARSIDE is one of the safest places to study, according to new figures.

The Complete University Guide ranked Sunderland ninth out of more than 100 universities for the lowest crime rates.

Durham University was ranked third, beaten only by Buckinghamshire and Aberystwyth.

A spokesman for the University of Sunderland said: “We pride ourselves on our students being able to study and socialise in a safe environment and our ranking in this survey shows that we have some of the lowest crime rates in the country.

“The survey just validates the dedication and hard work of our staff who work in close partnership with Northumbria Police, which has helped us achieve a reduction in overall crime on our campus in the last six years.

“The university provides a security service that is available for advice and assistance 24 hours a day and also has a dedicated campus police officer and community support officer, who run several crime prevention and personal safety events throughout the year as well as being available for advice if requested.”

Complied from official police data, The Complete University Guide has revealed the safest and riskiest universities for crime across England and Wales, based on the incidence of student-relevant crime within three miles of the campus.

Elsewhere in the region, Newcastle University ranked 16th and Northumbria University 19th in the lowest amount of crime.

However, Teesside University ranked ninth in the highest levels of crime, apart from those in London.

Nationally, it is estimated that one-third of students become victims of crime, mainly theft and burglary, and about 20 per cent of student robberies occur in the first six weeks of the academic year.

Official data for crimes affecting students is not available, so The Complete University Guide selected three crimes as most relevant to students: burglary, robbery and violent crime, which is defined as common assault, grievous bodily harm and sexual offences, and the ranking is based on the cumulative rate of all three crimes.

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