The total calls made to the UCD ‘’Walk Safe Service’’ have decreased by 62% over the last three years, the College Tribune reports.
Figures acquired by the College Tribune of calls made to the ‘’UCD Walk Safe Service’’ from the years 2017 to 2019 show that the frequency of calls requesting the service have steadily declined over the last three years. The service, which offers the UCD community ‘’walking escort services from one campus location to another’’ fully PSA licensed individuals, saw a large spike in the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 following an alleged rape incident on the UCD campus in November 2016.
Since then, the amount of calls made by UCD staff or student members to the service have shrunk, insinuating that the wider UCD community feel more comfortable walking around the campus in the dark. This is undoubtedly good news for the university population, its reputation and its brand image.
The ‘’Walk Safe Service’’ aims to make UCD students and staff ‘’who feel a need to be assisted with this added level of security and safety’’ feel safe whilst walking through campus in the dark. With the numbers of people requesting the service dwindling, perhaps their offerings have worked. Hopefully this trend continues downward and the UCD community gains full confidence in the safety of the environment in which they live, work and study.
Alex Lohier – Deputy Editor