Residents continue to feel unsafe as crime rates increase in Fallowfield
- Fallowfield residents share how they feel unsafe living there
- Petitions signed so police can do more to help the area
It is no secret that Fallowfield has a reputation for being a high crime area but the student suburb shows no sign of improvement even after recent petitions have been filed.
Home to 15,000 residents, most of these being at university, students have struggled over the past couple of years with the dangers that come with living in the party going town.
The Northern Quota asked residents and students how they feel ihigh about the crime levels that has been ongoing for the last few years.
Alys Turnbull, 21, a student said: “I don’t feel safe at all in Fallowfield, I did and I used to but then after I got approached by a man and he tried to kiss me I do not feel safe at all.
“I’m always scared someone is around a corner or looking at me when someone is walking behind me. I always carry my rape alarm and defence spray and I always carry my keys between my knuckles in case someone approached me again – I shouldn’t have to do this.”
Fallowfield is renowned for rapes, burglaries and even stabbings rather than being an exciting and safe place to live. It is not just students who are affected as many local residents who have lived in Fallowfield for years are now feeling the crime rate rise and worrying about their own safety.
Bar tender Lorna Furminger, 21, said:” More police should be patrolling the streets as I am a bartender I get home very late from work and don’t want to be worried walking back to my house.”
More than 6000 people have now signed a petition to urge the police and politicians to knuckle down on violent crimes that have been occurring https://www.change.org/p/greater-manchester-police-andy-burnham-help-us-to-make-fallowfield-safe-for-students
Social media seems to be something that are keeping people aware and safe rather than actual professionals taking action. Facebook Posts are normally uploaded by residents of Fallowfield to groups such as ‘Fallowfield student group’ updating people with anything dangerous that has happened to either them or something that has been witnessed.
Grace Fletcher-Hackwood, councillor for Manchester city council- Fallowfield said: “There are usually many factors involved in a rise in crime, but Greater Manchester Police losing a quarter of their officers over the last seven years is unlikely to have helped.
“We make sure all incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour are reported. GMP deploy their resources based on the demand figures, so we need to make sure the figures for our area reflect reality.”