In June 2022, 637 offenses were recorded in the area
South Wales Police recently released their crime statistics for June 2022 which showed that the most crime-ridden area in Cardiff was Cathays.
Cathays had 637 reported offenses during the month, including 168 violent and sexual offenses, 104 shoplifting, 66 bicycle thefts and 55 anti-social behavior.
In statistics, the Cathays area includes Bute Park, the city center and the University Hospital of Wales, alongside the main student area of Cathays.
Those numbers compare to 145 crimes in Splott, 318 in Grangetown and 193 in Adamstown in June.
This newly released information follows news that new security measures such as additional CCTV and help desks would be put in place across Cardiff.
The Cardiff Tab contacted Cardiff University for a comment on what they were doing to make students feel safer at Cathays, their full statement read: ‘The safety and well-being of our students is paramount, and we ensure that every effort is made to keep them safe.
“That is why it is important to put these figures in context and to emphasize that they relate to acts committed in the immediate site of Cathays University. Such crimes may not be against or implicate students. Therefore, any suggestion that the University has a specific problem with violence or sexual assault would be extremely misleading, irresponsible and could cause unnecessary alarm.
“Cardiff is the capital of Wales, the largest city in Wales and one of the largest cities in the UK. The University is physically based in the city centre, close to one of the most thriving nightlife economies in Europe. The city also hosts some of the biggest sporting and music events in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors. Therefore, there is no fair comparison between Cathays and other parts of the city or other parts of Wales.
“However, we are not complacent and recognize that acts of violence and sexual assault do occur. That’s why we’ve developed a proactive, University-wide approach to addressing these issues, which recognizes the prevalence of violence and abuse in society.
“We work closely with the Cardiff University Students’ Union and other key community partners, including Cardiff Council and South Wales Police, and have developed key initiatives designed to help to protect the personal safety of students at night. These are available to Cardiff University students. They are directly communicated and detailed on our student intranet.
“Initiatives include the Safe Taxi Scheme program to help students return home safely at night and the Student Safety Walk project which supports students who may feel uncomfortable returning home alone late at night. Volunteers provide a walking service to students on some evenings, providing safety, advice and referrals to other services such as the Safety Bus and the Safe Taxi Scheme.
“We also have strict security measures in all of our residence halls and university buildings. We have dedicated 24 hour security with CCTV coverage of the majority of University buildings. Free personal security alarms are also available from our security team and the University has also invested in the SafeZone security app. The app is a quick and easy way to alert University Security or South Wales Police when help or assistance is needed.
“When students are on campus, SafeZone can show you where you are on a map. It also allows students to communicate with our security guards via text.
“As part of our response to incidents of violence, we have introduced an online disclosure tool so that students can disclose their experiences. This allows a student to identify themselves or remain anonymous if they wish.
“Students who make an identified disclosure receive practical guidance and support from a team of trained Disclosure Response Advisors who can help manage immediate or ongoing safety concerns; listen and speak directly to students describing the options available for specialist support and reporting; and give practical advice on housing, finances or studies. They may also prioritize appointments for students who have experienced an incident of violence and/or abuse in the past 72 hours and may wish to retain forensic evidence.
“Students who disclose anonymously help us get a clearer idea of the problems universities – as a microcosm of society at large – face.”
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