Don’t be a statistic. Staying safe is all about following a few common-sense guidelines. Read the following tips, which could make all the difference:

  • many burglaries happen when a door or window has been left open – in a private home or flat, lock up whenever you go out, with deadbolts if you have them
  • in a hall of residence, be careful who you let in or who follows you into the building – lock your bedroom door even if you are only going down the corridor
  • robbers are after an easy target – walk in groups at night, travel by taxi or stay over with friends, your safety is worth more than the cab fare home!
  • if possible, use cash-machines during the day – put your card and cash away and be vigilant – never write down your PIN
  • keep cards and chequebooks separately – note down your card details so you can cancel them quickly
  • always lock your car and put valuables out of sight – never leave the keys in the ignition even when paying for petrol
  • after a night out, arrange to go home with friends, or in a taxi
  • to prevent spiking, don’t leave drinks unattended
  • be vigilant when using your mobile phone – if your phone is stolen, call your network or 08701 123 123 to immobilise it
  • 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
  • mark your property with the initials of your university (e.g. NU – Nottingham University) 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

Source: Home Office