Huge Drop In Nottingham Student Burglaries

Last week saw an impressive 83% drop in burglary, robbery and vehicle crime compared to this time last year


Nottingham has seen a dramatic fall in the number of burglaries of student houses over the past four months.

The drop follows a police campaign (inventively named ‘Operation Graduate’) to tackle crime against students. Operation Graduate, which involves police identifying crime hotspots and advising students on how to secure their houses, has been hailed as a success.

Last week saw an impressive 83% drop in burglary, robbery and vehicle crime compared to the same time last year, and a 63% drop the previous week.

After being named the worst city for burglary, robbery and violence by The Complete University Guide in 2011, students are likely to welcome the news. 

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Chief Inspector Cartwright was so happy he took to twitter

An abundance of phones, laptops and iPods have long made student houses a ripe target for burglars, but students now finally seem to be taking simple steps to keep their houses safe.

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Are students finally shutting the burglar’s window of opportunity

Chief Inspector Steve Cartwright said: “In the last few years student crime has made up 26% of all crime in Nottingham; however, since the launch of Operation Graduate we are now beginning to see significant results.

“The early success is thanks to the support of both The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University and the students themselves who have listened to campaign advice and are taking responsibility for their own security.”