Safety tips for students

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

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