- Protect your belongings by locking your office/room door every time you leave
- Don't leave purses, phones, laptops and other valuables unattended
- Keep valuables out of sight in your car
- Politely challenge anyone you see ‘tailgating’ behind you when entering buildings or other secure areas. Ask to see their University identity card before you let them in. If they refuse, or take offence at being challenged, inform the Community Safety team on 024 7652 2083 and we will attend to support you
Look after your bike!
Every year, bikes on campus are targeted by opportunist thieves because they can be easy to steal and then sell on. Please ensure you:
- Always lock your bike using a hardened, ‘D’-type lock. The cheaper, cable-type locks can be removed relatively easily
- Attach the lock through the frame and to a strong structure that is fixed to the ground or a building, whenever possible
- If you can, lock the bike in a well-lit location and somewhere with people walking by
- Mark your property with your postcode and register it for free at www.bikeregister.com
Be safe in your student home
Whether you are on or off campus, this may be the first time you have lived away from home, or the first time that you have shared a house or flat.
- Always lock your room door on campus, or the front and rear doors off campus, even when there is someone at home. This is because most burglars are opportunists and may try to steal items that are located close to open doors and windows, such as wallets, phones, keys and laptops
- Do not allow anyone into your home unless you know who they are
- Do not leave ID cards, cash cards, money, cheque books or keys lying around - do not put temptation in the way of your house mates or visitors!
- Never leave your home unlocked when you leave it - even if it is only for a short period of time. Make sure all windows are closed and locked
- It is a good idea to use a timer device to turn on lights and a radio. These can be bought very cheaply and are a sound investment
- Do not leave your personal belongings where they can be seen through doors and windows
- Make sure you buy contents insurance for all your gadgets and tech, and register it at www.immobilise.com
- If you see anyone acting suspiciously, report it to the Community Safety team on 024 7652 2083, or report it to the police by calling 101. If a crime is taking place there and then, call 024 7652 2222
Check out The Lock NUS website for more advice on personal security.
Away from campus
- Avoid isolated places, especially at night
- Stick to well-lit and overlooked routes, wherever possible
- Try to travel in groups of two or more people. Perhaps ask your friends to join you
- If you are going out alone, tell someone where you're going and what time you expect to be back
- Mobile phones, laptop computers and small electronics are attractive to opportunist criminals. Be careful about where you take them and how you use them
- Never get into a taxi on the street unless it is a licensed Hackney Carriage, also called a ‘black cab’. Only use a private-hire cab/Uber that you have booked by phone
- Don't accept lifts from strangers
- Trust your ‘gut feeling’ and avoid people and situations that make you feel uneasy