Universities joint fifth safest from crime in region

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Sheffield’s two universities are in the middle of a table calculating the safest and riskiest higher education institutions in the region.

New figures released today show there were 1.77 incidents of burglary, robbery or violent crime for every 1,000 residents within three miles of university campuses in the city between May 2012 and April 2013.

The Complete University Guide compiled the data from police figures for almost 120 universities.

In Yorkshire and Humber, Hull University was the riskiest, with 2.58 incidents per 1,000 residents, and York St John University was the safest with 1.37 incidents.

Both Sheffield universities had the same figures and were ranked joint fifth out of ten.

Bernard Kingston, guide founder, said: “The figures relate to all victims, not just students.

“And they relate to the areas surrounding universities, not solely to university premises.

“All prospective students should be able to assess risks for institutions with much greater precision, and, in the absence of data for crimes affecting students specifically, this survey offers the best available guide.”