University praised for work with charity

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Lancaster University has been praised for projects it has run with a crime-fighting charity.

The university is among nearly 30 member companies who have helped to provide funding for Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), and staff and students have also run several projects with the organisation.

LANPAC aims to protect communities, bringing together police, members of the public, and the private and voluntary sectors to reduce crime.

The SAFE project involves Lancaster University student volunteers visiting elderly and vulnerable residents in Lancaster and Morecambe to raise awareness of doorstep crime, while at the same time installing crime prevention equipment.

LANPAC has funded this scheme for more than eight years and recently allocated £1,456, which will be used to purchase door bars, spy holes, memo devices and other security equipment. Nearly 500 residents have received a visit from a student and now feel safer in their homes.

The Easy Tiger project, which was funded by LANPAC and supported by Lancaster police, Lancaster University Students Union (LUSU) and Lancaster town centre pubs and clubs, has also been a success. The project was aimed at making people more aware of the health cost of drinking to excess and targeted anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

Richard Clark, LUSU Vice President Academic, said: “LANPAC has really helped make a positive difference regarding student welfare over the last 20 years. The work it does is invaluable for the local community.”

Mark Salisbury, Lancaster University security operations manager, added: “Working in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary and the local police for years is a remarkable achievement. The commitment shown by all involved in these projects spanning 20 years has made a huge difference in terms of personal safety, crime reduction and, perhaps more importantly, reassurance for so many.”

LANPAC is now working closely with the university to support an initiative aimed at reducing cycle thefts on campus.

The university also benefits from having its own dedicated police team.