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Student safety on campus and in Leicester

Leicester is generally a safe place to live and study.

As in any city, however, unsettling incidents can occur. Following some simple advice and taking a few basic precautions can make a real difference in keeping you, your accommodation and your belongings safe and secure.

Plan ahead, think how you will get home safely and which route you will take if you are having a night out.

DMU Security

The DMU Security team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Security control room is located on campus and as well as running campus patrols, Security operate a comprehensive CCTV system around campus. If you have any questions or concerns about your safety, you can contact Security at any time.

We also recommend storing the Security number in your mobile: DMU Security Estates Services Building: 0116 257 7642

DMU Security provide advice and guidance on personal safety and how to look after yourself and your possessions. Click here for more information.

If you did not receive a Welcome folder to DMU, containing an emergency contacts card, you can ask for one in Student Gateway.

Campus Police Officer

The DMU Security team works closely with the police. Our DMU campus police officer is PC 2168 Richard Jackson.

Our campus police officer is based in the Estates Services Building. He can be contacted by asking at reception. Please be aware that he will not always be there as he may be on patrol. If you need to report a crime or incident, you can report online.

For general enquires ONLY you can email the officers at DMU@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk. Do not use this email address to report an incident as it is not monitored 24/7.

To report information 100% anonymously you can contact Crimestoppers.

You can also follow your DMU police team on Facebook and Twitter.

Emergencies: If a crime is happening now, is about to happen, or has just happened then telephone 999 and ask for the police. For non-emergencies, you can also contact Leicester police by phoning 101.

Leicestershire Police have issued a handy guide on how to keep yourself and your belongings safe, and ensure you remain on the right side of the law. Take a couple of minutes of your time to check out this guide.

Well-lit street map

Check out the map guide on how to get to some of the key places around Leicester. We’ve highlighted the best-lit streets so you can easily and safely explore the city after dark.

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Be a good neighbour

No matter where you live, it makes life a lot easier when you can develop a good relationship with your neighbours. It’s important to take your neighbourly responsibilities seriously and you may find you greatly benefit from putting a bit of extra thought and effort into your behaviour to them.

We’ve worked with De Montfort Students’ Union on putting together some tips and guidance for how you can best get along with neighbours and foster positive relations in the community you live in.

  • Be neighbourly: Introduce yourself when you move in; being kind and considerate to your neighbours can pay off – you never know when you might need their help. 
  • Socialising safely and responsibly: When you’re socialising with your household, be mindful of others in the local community. Loud noise can disturb your neighbours and lead to complaints. Don’t forget the people who live near you may be elderly, have children, or even health problems. They may even be students themselves with important deadlines to meet. When playing music, keep the volume to a low level and position speakers away from adjoining walls. House parties or rowdy behaviour can be extremely disruptive and damaging to the community and are currently subject to local and national restrictions. Failure to follow these rules could lead to Police and/or university disciplinary action being taken. If you or your housemates are being affected by noise don’t be afraid to report the issue. 
  • Recycling and refuse: Familiarise yourself with recycling and refuse dates for your area on the Leicester City Council website, bins are usually collected once a week. Remember to put your bin out on the correct date and bring it in when it has been collected. Recycling in Leicester City Council’s area requires orange bags. Check which items you can recycle as they may be different to the materials you can recycle at home, and request more orange bags.

Safety advice

  • Where possible, walk in groups along well lit roads
  • Keep your valuables in your bags/pockets – don’t have them on show
  • If you find yourself in a vulnerable situation, throw your possessions away from the individual and run away
  • Call a taxi for when it’s time to head home, ADT is 0116 255 5222
  • Report all incidents or near miss incidents to DMU Security (0116 257 7642 – 24 hours) and the police on 999.

If anyone has any concerns, they are very welcome to meet Head of Security, Kevin Burrows, in the Security Office (just up the street from the campus centre).

Run Hide Tell 

In the rare event of an attack, you should Run, Hide, Tell. 

There is no specific intelligence which suggests that universities are being targeted, and the chances of being caught in a terrorist incident or weapons attack is extremely low. It is important that you stay alert and know what to do if the worst was to happen. 

The police advice is: 

Run to a place of safety. This is a far better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there is nowhere to go then...

Hide, it’s better than to confront. Remember to turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Then finally, and only when it is safe to do so…

Tell the police by calling 999.

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Be vigilant of money mule fraudsters

One of the ways students are being targeted by fraudsters is through online job adverts. These adverts can sometimes appear on social media, offering the chance to make hundreds of pounds for very little work. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

This could make you into a ‘money mule’ and you could be prosecuted, as money laundering supports organised and serious crime. Find out more here or watch our video below.