How to be safe
Read our simple tips and stay safe
Staying safe is all about following a few common-sense guidelines. Read the following tips, which could make all the difference:
Keep valuables safe
What is small, valuable and easily concealed? Answer - stolen property - handbags, lap top computers, mobile phones, electrical goods - easily stolen, easily sold. Keep yours safe. Don’t leave them lying around, even for a minute.
Thieves are opportunists
Thieves are opportunists. They are not lazy, they actively work at finding opportunities - they are looking all the time - it’s their trade and they are good at it. They are not always strangers!
Do not leave your property unattended for even a short time in libraries, workshops or computer suites.
When out and about, thieves will know you are a student and they know that some of you will be too trusting - that makes you vulnerable. They may be on bicycles or they may be on foot; they will walk into open buildings; and they will try to follow you when you unlock a door. It’s known as tailgating. They will be pleasant and plausible, they are not looking for confrontation. They may have all the answers, but they won’t have a key!
Keep your door locked
Don’t let anyone follow you through a door you’ve unlocked on campus, or in the halls of residence, unless they have the same key or access card as you. They think you are too shy to ask, and you probably are. You may have to force yourself, but always ask - if they are genuine they will want you to ask. Don’t take excuses like they are visiting a friend, they’ve forgotten their key or they’re collecting something - that something may be yours.
Burglars like students to leave a door or window open - in a normal domestic house they may find one computer, in a student house they may find several, plus lots of other expensive electrical goods. Lock up whenever you go out, with deadbolts if you have them, and remind your housemates to do the same.
In a hall of residence, lock your bedroom door even if you are only going down the corridor. Not all visitors are honest.
Keep your valuables locked away
Always lock your car and put valuables out of sight - it takes two seconds to break a car window and reach through - but thieves rarely waste their time if there’s nothing on view.
Lock your car when paying for petrol - it only takes a couple of seconds to steal something whilst you are distracted.
Keep your bike locked
Never, ever leave a bicycle unlocked in a public place and never use a chain or cable as the main lock - bike thieves carry bolt croppers - use a D-Lock! Ask DMU Security for a free, good quality, D-lock.
Robbers are opportunists
Robbers are also opportunists. Not as common as other thieves and probably not alone. They prefer lone targets in dark places - walk in groups at night, travel by taxi or stay over with friends, your safety is worth more than the cab fare home! If you do walk, stay on wide, well lit routes. In Leicester, main routes are covered by CCTV. Dark, narrow streets are not. Click here for video.
Some tips to keep you and your valuables safe
- Use cash-machines during the day - put your card and cash away and be vigilant - never write down your PIN.
- Keep cards and cheque books separately - note down your card details so you can cancel them quickly.
- Be vigilant when using your mobile phone - if your phone is stolen, call your network or 08701 123 123 to immobilise it.
- Mark your property with the initials of the university (DMU) and your student ID number - this makes it harder for a burglar to sell stolen goods and can help the police to return items to you.
- Protect yourself with insurance - keep lists of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items to help police track them down if they are stolen. Better still register your property free at www.immobilise.com
- Sexual Assaults - it is said that, statistically, one in four women suffer sexual assault during their time as a student. Men are at risk as well. You are most at risk after consuming alcohol. Click here for video.
For more information read the Student Survival Guide.