Vote now to reward Leeds efforts to reduce student victimisation
The Leeds Universities and Colleges Crime Reduction Partnership has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the 2011 Tilley Awards and is now eligible for a popularity vote.
The Tilley Awards, given by the Home Office, recognise innovative crime fighting projects where police, community groups and the public successfully work together to identify and tackle local crime problems. The Leeds Universities and Colleges Crime Reduction Partnership, formed in 2002 in response to the high level of burglary targeted at students in north-west Leeds, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the 2011 awards.
The Partnership, and the Knowledge campaign it established in 2007, aimed to inform students about the realities of crime in Leeds and the actions that could be taken to prevent them from becoming victims of crime. The campaign included:
- a neighbourhood watch scheme coordinated by students, with collaborative visits with local neighbourhood police officers
- use of laptop tracking software in burglary hotspots
- use of videos and Facebook to inform students
As a result of the campaign, the proportion of insecure burglaries against students fell by 42 per cent in 2009/10 and the number of student laptops stolen fell by 50 per cent.
The Partnership campaign is now eligible for a popularity vote, which could lead to a cash prize of £300 and a trophy, to be presented at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on 13 December.Posted in: University news