24 June 2014

Today it has been revealed that the University of Hertfordshire has the lowest crime rates on and around its campus, according to the authoritative and independent Complete University Guide.

Clearest picture

The ranking, compiled from official police data, gives the clearest picture possible of the crime rates for almost 140 universities and other higher education institutions in England and Wales. In the East of England, Hertfordshire is ahead of Cambridge with the University of Essex having the highest rate within three miles of its campus.

One of the safest

Ross Renton, Dean of Students at the University of Hertfordshire, said: "We welcome the result of the Complete University Guide report. The University is proud of the highly productive partnership we have with the Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership. We work closely with the University policing team to ensure our community is safe and welcoming for students, staff and visitors."

Neighbourhood Inspector for Welwyn Hatfield, Ian Grout, said: "I am delighted that the University continues to be one of the safest in the country. The dedicated University policing tem, consisting of a PC and two PCSOS, work incredibly hard with the University to ensure all students are able to live and study in a safe environment and these figures are a testament to their dedication and the close working relationship."

The data

It is estimated that one-third of students become victims of crime, mainly theft and burglary, and about 20 per cent of student robberies occur in the first six weeks of the academic year.

The data, from May 2013 to April 2014, correlate crime and population for areas falling within three miles of the main campus, for burglary, robbery and assault, normalised for population density.