Student Crime Tracking Site Launches
Not crime BY students, crime against them.
In light of the may recent sex attacks in Portswood and beyond, one safety-conscious student has set up a new website to track attacks, break ins and thefts in studentville. James Chalk, a second year History student and Portswood ghetto-dweller, was spurred on by the recent spate of attacks and general crime level in Portswood:
In Freshers week our house got broken into and everyone’s laptops, apart from mine got stolen. I thought it was a cruel injustice, and over the year I hear about all these horrible things that happen in Portswood … it just seems bizarre that there isn’t a system that helps protect our students more.
The site is basic and very simple to use, with James saying the coding took around five hours. A form on the right allows anyone to submit a crime report and address which will be marked on the map with a brief description. His motivations are simple:
I don’t really intend of achieving anything with it, it is mainly to help people. If it gets enough hits, I might try an co-ordinate it with the police so that we can get a safer Portswood.
We at The Tab urge any student who has been a victim of crime to report the incident and post on the site and help spread awareness and help your fellow students.