In the wake of increasingly high crime levels throughout major student areas in the UK, the question can undoubtedly be raised as to whether cities are doing their best to keep students safe.
According to a recent study released last week, it has been revealed that Bradford is now the most dangerous place to live as a student, with 73 out of 1000 people on average committing a crime and the city ranking fourth in the UK for overall crime, being based in the most densely populated student areas.
Similar statistics can also be seen in Fallowfield, Manchester, where gangs patrol the parks, machete wielding hooded people ride around on bikes and burglars fall through people’s windows in broad daylight!
So, what is being done to sort out all this crime?
Well, work is getting underway in Fallowfield, mainly after a petition was signed on mass by people urging the local council to get the crime under control, to contact the mayor, Andy Burnham and to ensure that police officers carried out regular checks of major streets.
Officers are now partaking in a crime inspection down major roads in Manchester most infamous for crime. Stating that the measures are being taken to stop people from fearing their streets, and to walk outside with confidence.
The procedure has been called a ‘Street MOT’ and ensures that streets are thoroughly inspected for signs of illegal activities.
Adrian Hopkins, head of safety for Manchester city council, has stated this week that the streets named by students to be the most crime ridden do not actually correlate with current crime statistics, with other streets apparently more at risk.
So, where’s the issue? Is this is an issue with student ‘hearsay’, or are the crime statistics for Manchester, Fallowfield, being staggeringly inaccurate.
Hopkins did confirm that although crime in Manchester has drastically reduced in the past few years, crime in Fallowfield has actually increased, meaning that crime has most likely focused itself in one area.
Other measures are also being taken outside of Manchester, with local councils in student cities such as Liverpool and Birmingham trimming branches and bushes in order to dispel criminals from hiding in them.
Fallowfield officers are also issuing warnings over Christmas, urging people to take special measures to ensure that their houses look safe and secure and also lived in over the period, helping to dispel burglaries.
Greater Manchester Police are even offering light timers and free burglar alarms, to be picked up by any student in the area, with the majority of burglaries happening on the run up to or after Christmas.
With ten thousand people signing a petition to make Manchester, Fallowfield, a safer place to live, and countless cities across the country, from London to Bradford, calling for better safety checks and patrols, are we finally seeing some improvement?