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Student safety

Keep these tips in mind for staying safe on the roads, in the local area and on campus.

Safety on the roads

When cycling:

  • Wear reflective/fluorescent clothing and a cycle helmet
  • Use white front and red rear lights and a red rear reflector
  • Obey traffic lights and don't use mobile phones whilst cycling
  • Ensure your bike is regularly maintained - there is a cycle repair and maintenance service locally

As a pedestrian:

  • Find a place to cross with a clear view of the road if there is no pedestrian crossing available
  • Walk on the side of the road facing the traffic if there is no pavement
  • If you have to step into the road, always look both ways first
  • Don't be distracted or use mobile phones whilst crossing the road

Safety walking in the local area

  • Think about the journey you are about to take and what route you will follow
  • Travel in groups of two or more, even during the daytime, whenever possible
  • Stick to well-lit, safe routes that can easily be overseen
  • Avoid dark and narrow alleyways and quieter areas, particularly at night
  • Even if it takes a little while longer, take diversions into more populated areas if there is a suitable route
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times - do not use mobile phones/headphones whilst walking
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash/valuables
  • Keep your phone hidden away in a pocket rather than in a bag, so that you can call the police if necessary
  • Isolated short cuts should always be treated with caution, even if it seems tempting to save time
  • Call the police on 999, if you have time, or raise the alarm locally by screaming/shouting/running, if you believe you are about to become a victim of crime

Reporting crime

If you experience or witness a crime, you can report in the following ways:

  • If you think you are in immediate danger, dial 999 (emergency services number for the UK) and request an urgent police and/or medical response. You should do this when:
      • An offender is still present and you are in danger
      • You or anyone else is seriously hurt
      • You think the offender may return

Please also complete the Incident Report Form if you have reported using 999.

  • If a crime has been committed and you wish to report it to the police, dial 101 (non-emergency number for the UK) as well as completing the Campus Security Team's Incident Report Form.

Support for victims of hate crime

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity. This can be committed against a person or property. Anyone could be a victim of hate crime.

Wellbeing Support Services and the Students' Union Advice Centre are both designated as third party hate crime reporting centres and can support you to complete the report to either the University and/or the police.

Remember that the University and SU are here to provide you with a range of support services. Please contact us if you have experienced an incident or you have witnessed an incident that has happened to somebody else.

Please get in touch with us via Wellbeing Support Services if you have any questions or concerns.

Property safety

  • Always lock your room door on campus, or the front and rear doors off campus, even when there is someone at home: items that are located close to open doors and windows, such as wallets, phones, keys and laptops are at risk
  • 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 and do not leave your personal belongings where they can be seen through doors and windows
  • 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
  • If you are at home, always leave the key in the lock so that you can escape quickly in the event of a fire
  • When you’re out, use window locks and set burglar alarms if they are fitted. When you go out in the hours of darkness, leave lights on to give the impression that the house is occupied. Set timer switches so you don't waste electricity.
  • Use a ultra-violet marker pen or an engraver to mark your postcode and house number onto all your valuable property. Take photographs of anything that cannot be marked easily, such as jewellery and keep these with your home insurance to help you in the event of a claim. Keep original purchase receipts for the same reason.
  • Make sure you buy contents insurance for all your gadgets and tech, and register it at www.immobilise.com

Safety on a night out

  • Look out for street marshals in Leamington Spa wearing red jackets who are out and about to make sure you get home safely, arrange medical treatment for people who are injured and intervene in confrontational situations early
  • Plan ahead, tell someone where you're going and when you'll return, and plan how you'll get home
  • Avoid carrying huge amounts of money with you
  • Don’t leave any drinks unattended
  • Keep with friends and watch out for each other
  • Charge your phone before you go out, and make sure to exchange mobile numbers with your friends
  • Wear something warm in case you have to stand outside whilst you wait for your transport home

Safety and advice from the police:

Check out West Midlands Police's Safer Students campaign, where you can find out more about staying safe on nights out, at home, online or when using transport. There are links and resources for those concerned about hate crime, extremism, consent, rape and sexual violence.

If you have any concerns about your personal safety, talk to the Campus Security team or the Police.