It is important that all students, but particularly ‘Freshers’ who are new to university life, take sensible precautions to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.
There are some simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of crime:
- Over 50% of burglaries happen because a door or window has been left open, so lock up properly each time you go out and if there is an alarm, set it.
- Keep bank cards and cheque books separate – keep a note of your card details so you can cancel them quickly.
- Always lock your car – never leave the keys in the ignition and don’t leave valuables unattended in the vehicle whether it is parked on or off campus .
- Mark your property with the initials of your university and your student ID number – this makes it hard for a burglar to sell stolen goods and can help the police to return any recovered items to you.
- Be vigilant when using your mobile phone – if your phone is stolen, contact the police and remember to inform your network provider.
- Don’t be an easy target – walk in groups at night, stay over with friends or travel by taxi. Remember that your safety is worth more than the cab fare home!
- Don’t leave drinks unattended
- If possible, use cash machines during the day – be aware of your surroundings – never write down your PIN.
- If you are having a night out, use timer switches to switch lights on, and make your flat look occupied in the evenings and at the weekends.
- Your own safety is the most important consideration. But remember - lock up before you leave, take your valuable items home at weekends and during the holidays, and make sure your property is secure at all times.
- Developing positive relationships with neighbours can play a vital role in ensuring any suspicious activity is reported – for example, while you are away for the weekend or on holiday.
Below are a number of useful pdf's available for download: