The University of Birmingham and Police are working in partnership to patrol student areas in the coming weeks.
The community safety patrols involve the University security team , the Guild of Students and West Midlands Police.
Starting this week, the teams meet in the evenings and patrol key areas, with the aim of providing both visible reassurance to community members, as well as a deterrent. They patrol the campus and Vale Village and parts of Selly Oak and Edgbaston close to the University.
Crime Prevention Manager Matthew Lake said: “We want to show our students and the local community that we are here for them, and can help with any concerns they may have. Our presence should also be a visual reminder for those that might prey on others that we take safety and security very seriously and are taking action.’
The University invests significant resources into safety and security for its staff and students. The campus has its own dedicated Police Constable and support from a Police Inspector. In addition, the University provides financial support to a team of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
In addition to the security team, the Guild operates the Community Warden scheme , which is run by students for the benefit of students. Community Wardens operate litter picks, provide crime prevention advice and will be joining some of the security patrols.
The safety patrols are just one activity currently being taken to prevent crime on and near campus. Students who cycle are entitled to a free D lock, which has contributed to a drop in cycle thefts. In addition, safety advice is provided on campus via the security team, Community Living Hub and the Guild.