Lancashire’s student campuses are among the safest in the region, according to a new survey.
Statistics published by the independent Complete University Guide show that Edge Hill has the lowest crime rates of any of the region’s universities in the North West.
And, Preston’s University of Central Lancashire has the lowest ‘student-relevant crime’ rate for a city campus.
Lancaster University and the city’s University of Cumbria also feature are also among the region’s safest campuses.
Compiled from official police data, the ranking gives the clearest picture possible of the crime rates for almost 120 universities in England and Wales.
In the North West, Edge Hill is the university with the lowest crime rates on and around its main campus in Ormskirk. It is the fourth most crime-free university in England and Wales,
Vice-chancellor Dr John Cater said: “Edge Hill University is delighted to once again be named the safest university in the North West.
“With 24/7 security and night wardens on site every evening, student safety and the minimising of student-relevant crime is a key priority, and we are very pleased to see the work of the University and the Students’ Union being recognised in such a public way.
“The safety of our students is of paramount importance to us and we work closely with partners including the police to ensure that crime remains at an all-time low. We’re continually communicating crime safety messages students and we also encourage them to respect the needs of the local community.”
For the last three years the Edge Hill Students’ Union has been working with Lancashire Constabulary on an initiative where teams of dedicated students patrol local roads during peak hours to ensure the areas around the campus are quiet and safe.
Janet Maiden, UCLan’s security manager, said:“As a city-centre based university, and comparatively speaking, Preston is a student-friendly city. Even so, UCLan takes the security of its students and staff very seriously and offers a wide range of initiatives to keep everyone within the university community safe. The university operates an in-house, 24/7 security service and has forged close links with the police which maintains a presence on campus.”