New figures show Roehampton is the safest inner London university, after nationwide research highlighted low levels of crime within a three mile radius of the campus.
Posted: 24 June 2014
Despite its location in a densely populated area, Roehampton and its surroundings have been judged the safest in inner London by the independent Complete University Guide. In the Greater London as a whole, only one other institution had a lower crime rate in its local vicinity.
The statistics for Roehampton show only 18.3 reported offences per thousand people in the vicinity of the university, including all types of victims, not just students. The worst universities had figures of 36.65 offences per thousand, twice that found at Roehampton.
Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, the University of Roehampton’s Director of Estates, who has overall responsibility for security, said: “Students and parents will be very reassured to know that at Roehampton, their sons and daughters are studying at inner London’s safest university.
“These figures are good news for current students, and will encourage young people preparing to start here in September, but I understand how concerning any sort of crime is. We will continue working with the police, community groups and our local councils on safety in the best interests of our students and staff.
“The capital’s universities and their surroundings will never have tiny crime rates comparable to places like Winchester and Aberystwyth* but by being pro-active and improving security each year London can and always will do more. The onus is on each of us to keep safe personally, to report concerns quickly and to look out for others, knowing professional help from security officers and the police is always very close at hand.
“These figures must also please residents and dispel myths that Roehampton, and especially the Alton estate, is a crime-ridden place. The town remains a strong local community where people do care what happens around them, and we are pleased to be part of that.
Roehampton has one of London’s most attractive open campus settings, more expected of a rural university. However, it is well covered by CCTV and patrols, and access to private areas is strictly controlled and limited.
The University has a team of in-house security officers which operates a 24/7 service to keep our staff, students a visitors safe and halls of residence secure. Patrols take place day and night and senior staff place great emphasis on educating students on personal safety.
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