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Attending university is an exciting time, full of new experiences and blossoming independence. Whilst it’s important to get out there and have fun, it’s also crucial that you stay safe at university.

Earlier this year it was reported that King’s College London has the highest rate of crime, burglary and robbery for university students. The University of Hull was reported to have the worst crime area outside of London. Aberystwyth on the other hand is reportedly the safest area, followed by Durham, Winchester, Edge Hill and Royal Agricultural University in Cirenester. No matter where you are studying though here are some tips that will help keep you out of harms way and trouble.

When Going On A Night Out

Now that you’re at university, it’s important you begin taking full responsibility of yourself and your safety. If you plan ahead of time, you can enjoy yourself whilst remaining safe:

  • If you are new to the area, your student union will have advice and information on the city, such as bus routes or taxi firms.
  • Eat before you go out.
  • Drink plenty of water before and between drinks.
  • Carry a personal alarm.
  • Let someone know when you are going out and when you expect to be home.
  • Fully charge your phone and make sure you have sufficient credit.
  • Stay close to friends.
  • Do not leave your drinks unattended.
  • Know how you will get home.
  • Keep money separate for your journey home.
  • If you are using public transport, sit close to the driver.
  • If you are catching a taxi, make sure you book a licensed taxi, or know where there is a local, official taxi rank.
  • If you must walk home, do not go alone. Stick to well-lit, busy areas and avoid parks, alleyways, underpasses or anywhere solitary and dark.
  • Keeping Your Belongings Safe

Student accommodation

Student houses are particularly susceptible to burglary; it is crucial you take extensive measures to keep your possessions safe:

  • Make sure your belongings are insured. You can register the serial numbers of your electronic equipment on sites such as Immobilise, a free, national property register that police, second-hand traders and insurers often use.
  • Dial *#06# to receive your unique mobile registration number; this is the first thing to police will check when inquiring into stolen property. You can also register this number on Immobilise.
  • If your phone is stolen, contact your network provider ASAP to block the number, then inform the police.
  • Avoid using your phone in isolated places or situations. Also, switch your phone to silent as a ringtone may attract unwanted attention.
  • Mark your possessions with a UV pen. If you write your initials and/ or your unique student registration number, you can prove that the stolen item is yours.
  • Padlock outside doors and downstairs windows.
  • Ensure cash, jewellery and other valuables are out of sight, in a safe location if possible.

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Personal Information

Keeping your personal information protected is arguably as important as keep your physical self and belongings safe. Make sure you don’t become vulnerable to identity theft.

  • Be cautious about emails, phone calls or texts that ask for personal information such as passwords or PIN numbers. NEVER give you PIN number out and remember, a bank with NEVER ask you for your PIN.
  • Destroy papers with bank details on.
  • When moving rooms, flats or house inform any organisation that may send you letters, particularly banks. Ensure they forward these letters to your new address.
  • If your bank or credit card is stolen, inform your bank straight away.
  • Destroy any old cards that have expired.
  • Always check for interference before using a cash machine.  Also be aware of crowding and do not accept help from strangers.

Online Safety

To avoid viruses, losing your work or getting scammed:

  • Install security software.
  • Regularly back up to an external hard drive.
  • Always check that online shops are valid.

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