The University of Nottingham has been ranked within the top 15 universities with the highest crime rate in the UK, according to a new ranking by the Complete University Guide.
The tables are based on crimes the Complete University Guide claims are the most relevant to students – burglary, robbery and violent and sexual crimes.
Universities were ranked on the cumulative rate of all three crimes (per 1,000 residents) occurring over the 12 months from May 2014 to April 2015 within three miles of its main campus.
“I do not feel unsafe at university but it is obviously concerning”
The league tables, compiled from official police data, show that universities in the South West and South East had the lowest crime rates, whilst the North West and Yorkshire and Humberside had the highest rates outside London.
The statistics reveal that the University of Nottingham obtained a rate of 9.46 in burglary, 1.72 in robbery and 20.21 in violent and sexual offences, leading to a total of 31.39.
Figures relate to all crimes, not just those where students were victims.
“If you are in halls on campus then it is a much safer place”
Amy Wilcockson, a second year English student, told Impact: “I do not feel unsafe at university but it is obviously concerning, particularly for freshers, to hear these statistics.”
Connor Higgs, a second year History student, also said: “I think that while these statistics are a cause for concern, a lot of them are based on the local area and not the University itself.”
He added: “If you are in halls on campus then it is a much safer place. Also, once you are in second or third year, with a better knowledge of the local area, you should be able to avoid these dangerous situations.”
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