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City tops university crime poll

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University students in Manchester are most at risk of becoming victims of burglary or car crime, new statistics have revealed.

Insurance company LV claims that data from between July 2007 and July 2008 puts Manchester top of a list of 30 university towns with the highest prevalence of both burglary and car theft.

Other big cities Birmingham, London, Bristol and Cardiff make up the top five most crime ridden university towns.

Scottish cities buck the trend with Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St Andrews all appearing in the top five lowest crime spots of the top 30.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for LV Home and Car Insurance, said: "When you are starting university it's easy to overlook sorting out insurance when there are so many other things to think about but students can become victims of crime like any other person.

"Students should put insurance cover in place for their possessions and also update their car insurance if they are moving away from home."

© The Press Association 2008