Guild Statement: Student Safety in Selly Oak

Here at the Guild, we’re aware that – after reports of recent muggings in Selly Oak – over 4,000 students and local residents have signed an online petition requesting further police patrols in their local area. The Guild would like to reassure students that we are taking recent events incredibly seriously and that we have been working closely with West Midlands police and the University to address their concerns and to ensure that Selly Oak remains safe for all of its residents.
In response to the 3 student muggings in Bournbrook reported during January 2016, West Midlands Police have agreed to increase their presence in the Selly Oak and Bournbrook area, and we will continue to ask the police to up their patrols in order to keep our students safe.
Our Community Wardens team has also been patrolling Selly Oak, offering a presence on our streets, checking the security of windows and doors and providing advice to students on personal safety. The Wardens will also be offering self-defence classes (including both mixed and women’s only sessions) later this term and can also provide attack alarms for students on campus. Attack alarms are also available at the West Midlands Police Drop-In, which takes place every Wednesday lunchtime in University Centre. Our Campus Liaison Officer will also be on hand to address any queries or concerns about recent events at these drop-ins.
Should you be directly affected by a criminal incident, you can seek confidential support from the Guild’s Advice and Representation Centre, the University’s Counselling and Guidance Service or the nationwide charity Victim Support.
Over the coming days and weeks, we will continue to work closely with the University and West Midlands police – including lobbying for further patrols and support, where necessary – to ensure that every resident of Selly Oak feels as safe as possible in their community.
Guild Full-Time Officer Team, 2015-16.

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