STUDENTS from the University of Portsmouth have been rewarded for their efforts to gauge community safety in the local area.
A group of students from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies carried out the council’s 2012 community safety survey. The results have helped it decide where to allocate resources this year.
The survey found residents are more fearful of crime than they need to be and that people’s fear of crime is based on an area’s reputation, rather than on individuals experiencing crime. Three second year students, Nick Sandford-Smith, Sophie Clowser and Cara Gunther, whose final reports were judged the best by their tutor and by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership research team, received their prizes from Councillor Eleanor Scott and the Dean of their faculty, Dave Russell.
Mr Russell said: ‘These types of projects are vitally important in ensuring that undergraduate courses have a real-life impact for the city of Portsmouth. They also help students develop their employment skills.’