Whilst the University, itself, is a very safe place to be, there has been a recent increase in street crime involving students who are travelling on foot in the local area away from the University. This has ranged from intimidation and threats for money and other valuables, to robbery involving violence.
Several of the incidents have taken place on a popular shortcut - the path which connects Shultern Lane and Cannocks Lane, in Cannon Park, and runs around the back of Canley Crematorium. Any isolated areas such as this should always be treated with caution, even if it seems tempting to take a short cut.
The University is working with the police to reduce crime as quickly as possible. In the meantime, here are some basic crime prevention tips to ensure you keep safe:
- Travel in groups of two or more, whenever possible
- Stick to well-lit routes that can easily be overseen
- Avoid dark and narrow alleyways and quieter areas, if possible
- Take diversions into more populated areas if there is a suitable route, even if this takes a little while longer
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times - do not use mobile phones/headphones whilst walking
- Do not carry large amounts of cash/valuables
- Call the police on 999 if you have time, or raise the alarm locally by screaming/shouting/running, if you believe you are about to become a victim of crime
Brush up on your cycling safety with this helpful leaflet.