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University heralded as one of safest places to study by police

August 1 2013

Crime

Not one crime has taken place at Glyndŵr University in the last six months.

And in the last 12 months there have been no violent incidents, no thefts from vehicles, no burglaries and no robberies on the Wrexham campus.

A strong partnership between North Wales Police and the University saw just 38 minor incidents occur in the last three years.

More than half (55.8%) of the crimes recorded during that period were thefts, including 11 pedal cycles and three from vehicles.

There has been one robbery since 2010/11, and one burglary, three violent episodes and six incidents of criminal damage on the Mold Road site.

High safety levels and a lack of crime at the University fly in the face of a report by the Complete University Guide (CUG) which announced the area is the worst in Wales for “student relevant” offences.

The CUG study was based on incidences of burglary, violent crime and robbery within a three mile radius of the main Wrexham campus, which includes the town centre, supermarkets, pubs and the Caia Park housing estate.

North Wales Police Inspector Mark Williams was “disappointed” with the report and said it does not reflect the University or the town of Wrexham.

“Glyndŵr University is a very safe place to study, a safe place to live and the way it was portrayed is completely unfair,” said Inspector Williams.

“We work closely with the University and there are very few incidences of crime. Along with our other partners, including Wrexham County Council, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Wrexham Crimelink, Community Safety and licensees, we work to ensure the students, local residents and businesses can exist together in a peaceful environment.

“We are all disappointed to see the area portrayed in such a negative and unjustified way.”

Jo Smith, Glyndŵr University’s Safety, Health and Environmental Manager, echoed his words and said that prospective and existing students have no reason to be concerned about crime levels.

“We were all very disappointed and frustrated to see the University painted in such a negative light, especially as virtually no crime takes place on-campus,” she said.

“If there was a lot of crime we’d want to know about it so we could deal with it and eradicate the problem.

“The fact is we do not have a problem with crime and have a great relationship with North Wales Police and our other partners. We all work closely together and as Inspector Williams says, this is a very safe place to live, to work and to study.”

The Complete University Guide placed Glyndŵr University 10th out of 120 universities surveyed across England and Wales outside of London, for “student relevant crime” – with 2.32 of these crimes per 1,000 people.

The guide authors insisted universities: “Do not exist in isolation” and said students needed the information because they live in and interact with the communities that surround campuses.

But a spokesperson for Glyndŵr argued: “The survey relates to crimes committed ‘within wards or electoral divisions of which parts are within three miles of the main campus’ so for Glyndwr University that radius largely covers the entire town of Wrexham.

“It therefore provides a different picture to universities located on the coast or in rural areas, where much of the three mile radius is uninhabited.”

The spokesperson added: “The University feels it is important to work with the local council, the police and other public authorities through the partnership, to improve negative public perceptions of Wrexham unnecessarily exacerbated by reports such as this.”

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