UK universities need to do more for student safety
- By: Irina Haivas Iasi
Universities in the United Kingdom should put greater emphasis on crime prevention programmes, says Professor Bonnie Fisher from the Division of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.
Fisher has urged that UK universities should address the challenges towards student safety: “There is a combination of challenges, including students' lifestyle which puts that at risk, as well as their lack of adopting crime prevention strategies.”
A study led by Fisher, which is published in the current edition of the British Journal of Criminology,1 looked at students from seven UK universities and found that a third of students were victimised over the one year study period. Over a third of this group had been subjected to crime before. The most frequent types of crime were thefts, criminal damage, and burglary--these accounted for 70% of all crimes against students. The rest of the crimes included assaults, robbery, and sexual offences. The study