Stay Safe At University
South Bucks Community Safety Partnership would like to wish all students leaving home to go to university this summer, a fantastic and safe time during their studies.
Sadly, the fact is criminals can see students as easy targets for all sorts of crimes. So protect yourself and keep safe.
South Bucks District Councillor, Anita Cranmer, Portfolio Holder for Community says, “Going to university can be very exciting, but at the same time daunting, for young people. It can also be a worrying time for parents.
She adds, “Crime levels are falling, but statistics show that one in three students will be a victim whilst studying at college or university*. Students going to university this summer should take some time to read university and college guides or at least talk about safety with their parents and other students. For example, it only takes a second to close a window or send a text to a friend letting them know you are OK.”
Deputy LPA Commander Bhupinder Rai says, “If something does happen to you, report it to the police and the campus authorities. You could stop it happening to someone else.”
She adds, “The Community Safety Partnership wish all students leaving for university this summer a fantastic and safe time.”
Lock it up
Half of all burglaries happen because a door or window has been left open. If you're in a private home or flat, lock it up whenever you go out - with deadbolts if you have them.
Take your mobile everywhere - but don't leave it on display. If you have to make a call, keep an eye on who's around. If your phone is stolen, immobilise it (call your network or 08701 123123).
Protect yourself with good 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 it up
Marking your property is a great defence against crime and can sometimes ensure that you get it back. Mark your property with your initials, postcode and house number (e.g. DLJ-SA1 4PE-17).
Put it away
Don't flash your cash. Keep cards and chequebooks separate and note down all your card and mobile details at home so you can cancel them quickly.
Follow basic rules and protect your car. Always lock it up, put valuables out of sight in the boot and never leave keys in the ignition - even when paying for petrol.
Think when you drink
Everyone is more vulnerable to crime when they've been drinking. If you're planning a big night out, arrange beforehand to go home with friends, or in a taxi. Also, men and women alike can have their drinks spiked. Keep an eye on your drinks and leave it with a mate if you go to the toilet.
Safe as houses
If you live 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.
Never walk alone
Thieves are after an easy target. Walk in groups at night, travel by taxi or stay over with a trusted friend. Your safety is worth more that the cab fare home!
Use cash machines wisely, in groups and during the day if possible. Put your card and cash away quickly and be aware of who's around you. NEVER write down your PIN!
And finally, don't forget to have a great time.
For more information please contact
South Bucks District Council,
Denham, Bucks. UB9 4LH
Tel: 01895 837200