Cardiff universities among worst in Wales for student-related crime

June 19, 2012 No Comments »

Cardiff University, left, and Cardiff Metropolitan University, right, have some of the highest rates of student-related crime in Wales

Two Cardiff universities are among the worst institutions in Wales for student-related crime, a new survey released today suggests.

Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff University have been ranked as the second and third-worst universities in Wales for alleged burglaries, robberies and violent crimes over the past year.

They had among the highest levels of reported crimes per thousand residents within three miles of the main campus, according to The Complete University Guide’s student crime statistics.

They were also ranked 16th and 17th respectively out of universities in England and Wales, excluding London institutions.

Cardiff Metropolitan University recorded 2.24 crimes per thousand residents, while Cardiff University recorded 2.23 per thousand.

The results rank 103 universities across England and Wales based on police figures from between June 2011 and May this year for the level of reported burglaries, robberies and violent crimes per thousand residents in wards or electoral divisions located within three miles of the main campus.

Glyndwr University, Wrexham, was ranked as the 10th-worst higher-education establishment for student-relevant crimes across both England and Wales, and was the highest placed Welsh university, with a rate of 2.40.

Manchester Metropolitan had the highest student-related crime rate overall, at 2.64, while Buckingham had the lowest at 0.80.

To compile the list, The Complete University Guide selected the three crimes most relevant to students, although official data for crimes affecting the student population is not available.

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

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