Don’t be a statistic. Staying safe is all about following a few common-sense guidelines.
- Many burglaries happen when a door or window has been left open – in a private home or flat, lock up whenever you go out, with deadbolts if you have them
- In a hall of residence, be careful who you let in or who follows you into the building – lock your bedroom door even if you are only going down the corridor
- Robbers are after an easy target – walk in groups at night!
- If possible, use cash-machines during the day – put your card and cash away and be vigilant – never write down your PIN
- Always lock your car and put valuables out of sight – never leave the keys in the ignition even when paying for petrol
- After a night out, arrange to go home with friends or stay over at your friends.
- To prevent spiking, don’t leave drinks unattended
- Be vigilant when using your mobile phone – if your phone is stolen, call your network to immobilise it
- Protect yourself with insurance – keep lists of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items to help police track them down if they are stolen
- Mark your property with the initials of your university and your student ID number – this makes it harder for a burglar to sell stolen goods and can help the police to return items to you