Cops release stats saying Cambridge is crawling with crime
Cambridge – not so safe
We thought shit had hit the proverbial fan when someone nicked our favourite bench in Cambridge.
Now, striking more fear into our hearts, Cambridgeshire’s police force have released statistics detailing the various numbers of occurred crimes according to postcode area, giving us a view of the highest and lowest levels of criminal activity.
According to this, CB3 has the lowest rate of crime. You can stop panicking now, Queen’s.
The highest crime rate was CB1 (the area which ironically covers the police station), wherein the only Cambridge college is Hughes Hall.
Since only 2013, crimes overall have increased by 13 per cent from 4,848 to 5,484.
Are we getting more bad-boy students enrolling in Cambs perhaps?
Interestingly, there’s been a spike in sex attacks reported to the Cambridgeshire force, which detectives believe is due to the effect of local paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury and Libyan soldiers who were stationed at Bassingbourn Barracks.
But, on the bright side (if there is one), drug offences are down with the help of police driving out London dealers who have links with gangs in the capital.
Detective Chief Inspector Lorraine Parker, who is the crime manager for Cambridge, said: “We are looking at Market ward as a city centre area and Abbey ward as a residential area to see what we can do to tackle violent crime. It’s about a different way of looking at the offence to see what works.”
“Cambridge is a very different place as regards crime to say the 1990s when we would see a lot of armed robberies and burglary. Crime is falling but we are not being complacent.”
Here are the full findings and the colleges which fall into each postcode:
CB1 – Hughes Hall
Criminal damage, 376
Vehicle crime, 133
Sex offences, 63
Total – 1,737
CB2 – Christ’s, Clare, Corpus, Downing, Emma, Caius, Homerton, Kings, Pembroke, Peterhouse, St. Catz, Sidney, St. Johns, Trinity, Tit Hall
Criminal damage, 164
Vehicle crime, 74
Sex offences, 64
Total – 1,137
CB3 – Churchill, Clare Hall, Darwin, Fitz, Girton (yeah, we were surprised it’s in Cambridgeshire at all too), Lucy Cav, Magdelene, Medwards, Newnham, Queen’s, Robinson, St. Edmunds, Selwyn, Wolfson
Criminal damage, 49
Vehicle crime, 131
Sex offences, 10
Total – 366
CB5 – Jesus
Criminal damage, 118
Vehicle crime, 63
Sex offences, 22
Total – 646
So sleep easy, Cantabs. You’re relatively safe to walk home from Cindies on a Wednesday. With a large group of people. And a rape whistle.