University Student Security Advice
Student years are bound to be some of the best of your life, and with these tips we aim to help you keep safe and secure whilst having fun. Students are one of the most targeted groups and are recognized for being at high risk of crime. This is due to the variety of expensive gadgets a student possesses, such as mobile phones, laptops and TV’s to name a few, because of this it is vital students are aware of how to keep themselves and their belongings secure.
Leaving home to study is both a stressful and exciting time, so we are aware reviewing the security of your student halls/house will be the last thing on your mind. For your peace of mind it is worth looking at the security of your accommodation and taking any necessary measures.
- Ensure to check the locks on your doors when moving in. If you notice the lock has any faults, alert campus staff or your landlord urgently so the problem can be resolved as soon as possible.
- Make sure the locks in your accommodation comply with your home insurance policies, failure to do so could compromise yours or your landlord’s policy.
- Remember to ask your parents to check if their home insurance policy protects student contents.
- Remember to lock your doors and windows even if you’re leaving just for a moment, and keep valuable items out of sight.
- Record full details of any valuables such as laptops, tablets or TVs and mark them with a UV pen.
- If you rent a property, check the exterior for any areas of potential weakness and highlight these to your landlord.
Universities take various steps to safeguard their students, with almost all Universities having easy to contact campus security team only a phone call away. There are numerous ways you can ensure your personal safety and security while on campus.
- Never leaves bags, purses, laptops or other valuables unattended.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of money around with you and be cautious when using on campus ATMs, especially in the night.
- Use the buddy system as a precaution when walking around after dark. The greater number of people you walk with me, the safer you are.
- Be careful who you disclose your whereabouts to. It is wise to let your close friends or roommates knows where you are going and who you are meeting, however be careful about posting your plans on social media as you don’t know who may be watching.
Night Out Security
Socialising is a huge part of student life and nights out are often where the best memories are made, therefore it is crucial to remember your safety while you are most vulnerable to ensure you have a good time and nights to remember for the right reasons.
- Before you head out make sure you have arranged how to get home safely. Keep your transport money separate from your spending money, or pick a designated driver beforehand.
- Avoid carrying valuables with you. Keep items such as your bag, mobile phone and purse secured and out of sight.
- Be wary when accepting a drink from someone else, and make sure you never leave your drink unattended.
- Pace yourself when you are drinking and know your limits.
- Make sure not to travel alone, particularly at night.
Remember your University will always provide you with emergency contacts and support throughout your time away from home. We hope that these tips provide you with the foundation to a safe and secure University experience.