Through recent conversations about minor crimes occurring to a small number of acquaintances within Bangor this spurred the thought of the statistics behind crime rates in Bangor for this week’s blog.
Within the City of Bangor there currently consist of a population around 20,000 residents including a large proportion of this figure including students. Like any area there is some form of crime however minuscule, crime does still exist, Bangor is no exception to this rule.
With the city residing in student residents could the proportion of crime statistics be derived from the large quantity of teenage behaviour and advantages of low priced alcohol becoming available to this age range?
Over the years a general stereotype of students emerged suggesting behaviours such as consuming large quantities of alcohol, causing a disturbance and missing lectures became public knowledge of an insight into student life however very little students live with this lifestyle. This negative stereotype often leads locals of an area to presume crime is more often than not student related nevertheless this is not always the case.
A report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary indicated that within North Wales during the period of June 2010 and June 2011 there was a reported 61.73 crimes reported for every 1000 people within the area. Considering this report consists of the entire population of North Wales this overall figure is quite small leading the reader to believe that crime rates in the area are low. However through displaying figures on a basis of 1000 people per 61.73 crimes reported this method manipulates data to perceive an image desired by the research. In this case despite the method being used the crime rate still remains of small percentages however slightly reducing the impact of the situation. Over the period of 2 years the overall crime rate in North Wales has reduced by 7.17 per 1000 population. From this it would suggest that the student population within the North of Wales has little impact upon the crime rate in general let alone the small proportion of Bangor’s crime rate.
Through the years alcohol has increased in not only advertisement such as offers and promotions but also in awareness highlighting the dangers in large quantities. These campaigns have been targeted towards students in an attempt to bring awareness to the target market and educate customers on the dangers of alcohol. From the serious advice provided to students it could support the reduction in crimes related with students increased knowledge on the topic of alcohol. An example of the advice and support can be found on:
According to The Independent there is no outlined statistics surround the area of crime and student related topics. This could suggest that student crime rate may consist of a small minority which may simply not be worth reporting? However this only consists of reported crimes, some students may feel unable to report a crime due to several reasons such as fear of responsibility, fear of blame being inflicted upon them or even lack of severity of the crime. This draws support from the case study of Kitty Genovese identifying the bystander effect of crime upon witnesses. More information from this can be found at:
Overall I feel that students contribute to only a small proportion of Bangor’s crime rate if any, based on no statistics of student crimes as well as the relatively small total rate. Through the increasing level of awareness and safety as well as the consistently high level of performance from the local authorities Bangor maintains its position of having one of the lowest crime rates in Britain.