The Complete University Guide’s annual crime survey is out

Wednesday, 1st July, 2015

Student and staff safety is crucial, and the CUG crime survey is out. Crime results in university areas are released to give applicants an indication of the kind of environment they'd be going into when choosing their university.

Undergraduates in some towns and cities are up to eight times more likely to be a victim of burglary, robbery or violent attack. So it’s important that you offer the best in access control technology on your campus so you give your students peace of mind.

So where is the safest university in England and Wales - and where are the student crime hotspots? By looking at the Complete University Guide's annual crime survey we can find out.

The CUG survey is compiled from official police data and is based on the crimes most likely to be encountered by students – burglary, robbery and violent crime. Universities with the lowest crime rates tend to be located in rural settings, in small cities or towns and are predominantly self-contained campus sites (no surprise there then):

Top 5 universities: lowest crime rates

  1. University of Buckingham
  2. University of Winchester
  3. Harper Adams University
  4. Aberystwth University
  5. Durham University

And at the other end the list is dominated by large, urban city-based universities:

Top 5 universities: highest crime rates

  1. Royal Northern College of Music
  2. Manchester Metropolitan University
  3. University of Manchester
  4. University of Salford
  5. University of Hull

Now, universities based in and around the capital have their own category, given the far higher crime rates that are sadly associated with capital cities. 

Top five London universities: lowest crime rates

  1. Kingston University
  2. University of Roehampton
  3. St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  4. Middlesex University
  5. St George’s, University of London

Top five London universities: highest crime rates

  1. Ifs University College
  2. Kings College London
  3. London South Bank University
  4. Courtauld Institute of Art
  5. Pearson College

So how safe do you believe your students are whilst on campus? Are student’s rooms and halls secured? And how are the entrances observed and controlled to your buildings? Is the best and most up to date access control solution in place?

Don’t forget that an electronic access control solution also provides better security and protection for the assets inside your building; IT labs, computer rooms, libraries and even staff and student belongings.

By using the right control solution you can increase levels of security, improve the experience of student and staff and save you money in the long run, never again will you incur those high costs of replacing locks and keys.

Another major advantage our solution, alongside safety, is how easily we can integrate with your other systems so if you need to link up your access control to your CCTV or fire alarm system you can and without you needing to  investment in anything new, we will simply improve what’s there.

Wherever students decide to study there will always be the risk of crime even if a university boasts one of the lowest crime rates around, you'll still need to take sensible precautions and AIT’s access control solution is a very sensible one.