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Safety of your personal belongings

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Last year towards the end of Term 3 and Summer Vacation, the Library saw an increased number of reports of laptop thefts. It is shocking but thefts do happen, even in the Library, somewhere that can feel like a home away from home. The best possible advice for the security of your items, like in all public spaces is ‘not to leave your valuables unattended for a moment'.

The story so far

Behind the scenes the Library has been working hard to make the Library spaces as safe as possible. See our blog post on ’The story so far’ to find out more.

Security drop-ins

Come along to our term time Security Drop-Ins hosted by Campus Security and accompanied by our #KeepItsSafe stand on Floor 1 of the Library. They happen once a month and you can get information on how to keep yourself and your belongings safe. You can also pick up a free bag so you can keep your valuables on you at all times.

Some helpful tips

  • Valuable items such as Beats headphones, Apple Macs etc. are more likely to be targeted by criminals
  • Laptop trackers only work if the laptop is switched on, so cannot always be relied upon as being traceable
  • Apple Mac chargers are classed as low-value items. These tend to get left behind unintentionally and can eventually end up in the lost property bins. Popular items like these should be personalised so you have a better chance of reclaiming them
  • Less than half of the items stolen in the last two years were Apple products – it is a misconception that thieves only target Apple items


You may be seeing Crooks the magpie a lot more around the Library. This magpie is a helpful reminder to not give thieves a chance and that your valuables should be kept on you at all times.

Meet Crooks the magpie:

  • Roams campus
  • Prone to collecting shiny objects
  • Opportunist – will swoop on valuables left unattended
  • A fictional character designed to represent thieves!
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