The city of Lincoln has applied for Purple Flag status to nationally recognised as a safe city at night. Purple Flag, run by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) aims to enhance the appeal of city centres and towns at night. The safety and enjoyment of citizens and visitors are both taken into account.Alongside the police and PCSOs, Street Pastors have been on hand since 2007 to help keep Lincoln safe at night. With a growing number of restaurants, bars and clubs, and an increasing university population, the importance of Lincoln’s night-time safety is rising.
But how safe do students feel at night? Jess Bewly, a third year student at the university, said Lincoln “can be pretty rough”, adding “you don’t see many police”. However, her concerns focused mostly on residential areas, saying that the south of the High Street is “not particularly safe… I had my car broken into”.
Darrius Hosseini, a third year media production student, is also concerned over safety in residential areas rather than the city centre. He said that the high police presence at night where he lives is “concerning, but a good thing”, and that “rumours [of crime] are worrying”, but has not been personally affected.
Charlotte Hope, an International Tourism Management student in her third year feels Lincoln is a safe city at night. She said “I feel safe enough to walk home alone at night”, but also commented that there is “not much” of a police presence in the city centre at night.
If Lincoln is successful in its bid to gain the Purple Flag, it will join 16 other towns and cities across the UK that have been granted the award.Tweet