Bedford one of safest towns for students

Bedfordshire University
Bedfordshire University

The University of Bedfordshire’s Bedford Campus is one of the top five safest student areas in England and Wales, according to official crime data.

Student accommodation portal StuRents.com analysed more than 500,000 criminal offences across 64 towns and cities, with Bedford witnessing the fifth-least amount of crimes between February 2014 and January 2015.

Executive Dean of Education and Sport at Bedford Dr Sally Bentley welcomed the result.

She said: “We are delighted with the results, which state Bedford as being one of the top-five safest student areas in the country.

“We encourage prospective students to attend a forthcoming Open Day and come and see why the town has been rated so highly for themselves.”

The town saw just 92.2 crimes per 1,000 residents in student areas, way below the study average of 248.

Sergeant Mark Stewart from Bedfordshire’s Criminal Investigation Department said: “We strive to drive all crime down and we are very proactive in our response to crimes relating to students in Bedford.

“We have a great rapport with the University of Bedfordshire and have positive relationships with other partner agencies, which all help to keep Bedford a safe place to live.”

StuRents.com co-founder Michael Rainsford commented: “Crime statistics serve as an important metric for students looking to make an informed choice about where to live.

“This year so far has been huge for investment in the student accommodation market. We hope that going forward student safety will be high on the agenda.”