Approximately 3,000 students live in rented accommodation near the University, including areas such as Ayresome, Central, Newport, Linthorpe, Park and Gresham Wards.
Students living in these areas are often living away from home for the first time. As such, they are adjusting to living independently. They are not always as aware of personal safety and security issues as they can be – and the actions they could take to reduce risks.
The Students’ Union have applied to the Community Safety Fund to buy security equipment to distribute to students.
The Students’ Union initially requested £6,321.00. Following the request, a member of the Community Prevention Team met the Students’ Union to advise which products would be most suitable for the students, resulting in the PCC’s Office ordering £2,943.50-worth of equipment and delivering it to the University.
The equipment included bag hangers, personal safety alarms, bike locks and other covert equipment. The Security department at the University will be specially targeting students who have a bike and don’t use a lock.
This request supports the PCC’s priorities of working together to make Cleveland safer and a better deal for victims.