ON TUESDAY the 27th the Safer Students road show will be coming to Coventry University as part of a region wide campaign to reduce student crime.
Safer students are an organisation, which aims to advise and support students to try and prevent crime. They give advice about avoiding theft, staying safe on nights out and try to develop close links between local police and students to tackle the issue.
Students have more consumer goods per head than the rest of the population, they’re three times more likely to get burgled and on average they’re less likely to report it to the police.
Sergeant Jake Flanagan of the West Midlands Police told Cutoday about the risk of crime to students:
“Here in the Midlands we have almost a quarter of a million students to put that in perspective there are 180,000 members of the combined UK armed forces so we literally have an army (and navy and air force) coming to the 3 cities of Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Coventry each term time”
He added: “There is some evidence to suggest that Student accommodation is sometimes targeted by Burglars because the of the multiple items of value (lap tops & Ipods) which are likely to be present in a student house. In the general population you stand about a 1 in 55 chance of being burgled, a student not in halls stands about a 1 in 12 chance … So the bottom line is that Students are more likely to be a victim of crime than the rest of the population”
Safer Student road shows will be travelling the length and breadth of the West Midlands campaigning to improve the relationship between students and the police to try and encourage victims of crime to report it. They are the only Police Agency in the country to tackle the issue in such a resolute way as they try to get the message across to a student body, which receives an influx of 75,000 new students to the region every year.
The events involve interactive activities and the staple of any good student event, free food and drink. A member of the ‘Real Hustle’ TV show will also be attending to ‘educate’ students and toughen them up to realities of crime.
Sergeant Flanagan’s final sentiment was: “so I want those who you represent to know that all that can be done to keep them safe is being done.” To give some reassurance to all local students.
For advice on how to stay safe, access to competitions and more information about the Safer Students campaign visit www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferstudents
The Safer Students Road Show will be at Coventry Universities main square on Tuesday the 27th of October.