Smart university towns appreciate the socioeconomic value added by their temporary residents and they go out of their way to make themselves student friendly, says Solly Moeng. So why are some slow on the uptake when it comes to student safety?
From time to time, over the past number of years, we have read a lot about attacks on, almost always, female university students on and off campuses by either fellow male students or predators in the vicinity of university campuses and nearby towns, where students are known to venture out of their residences for shopping, entertainment, and other activities.
Given that most students who opt to stay in university residences come from out of town – even from foreign countries in some cases – and that they would have placed their well-being and trust in the hands of measures put in place by university authorities to protect them, universities have the responsibility to invest in the best on and around campus security regimes to protect their students. But is this always the case?