Students are, statistically, one of the most likely groups to fall victim to crime.
Crimes mostly affecting students are:
- Vehicle-related theft
Top Safety Tips when you go out
- Be assertive. When you're out and about look purposeful. Assertiveness in the way you behave reduces any perceived vulnerability.
- Plan for emergencies. Carry a charged mobile phone and some cash, and tell someone where you’re going. Discuss with friends what to do if something were to go wrong, e.g. if one of you had too much to drink or you got separated.
- Do you all know what to do and what to expect from one another?
- Trust your instincts. They are there to warn you of potential risks, e.g. avoid short cuts down alleys and across parks and move away from suspicious people.
- Have faith in your intuition and act on it.
- Be aware. Using a mobile phone, wearing a hood and loud personal music all affect your awareness of the surroundings. Don’t draw attention to your valuables (e.g. mobile phone, jewellery).
- Face oncoming traffic when you’re walking to prevent being approached from behind.
- Be alert. Alcohol and drugs will reduce inhibitions and reaction times and will also make it harder to assess risks and take effective steps to cope with them.
- Safety in numbers. Try to travel with people you know. When you can, stick to routes where other people are and avoid short cuts in lonely places.
- If you do find yourself travelling alone at night use licensed minicabs - use the CABWISE contact to get phone numbers of cabs local to you: Taxis & Minicabs (TfL)
- Where possible, try to stay on busy/populated routes to your destination, let someone know where you are and where you are heading
- and do not hesitate to dial 999.
As well as the Helplines and Self-help page, the following organisations offer support and information about preventing and reporting crime.
National Union of Students
Student Safety site offering advice on looking after yourself, your home and your stuff www.nus.org.uk/en/advice/student-safety/
Have you been a victim of crime? Have you witnessed a crime? Perhaps you have to go to court? This site offers lots of support: www.victimsupport.org.uk