As you dive back into the hustle of university life after the break, let’s make sure it’s an amazing semester. We know it’s a busy (and sometimes stressful) time of year and it’s easy to forget little things that will help keep you and your belongings safe.
So, we thought it was good time for a few reminders:
- Ditch the phone-scrolling while walking; stay aware of your surroundings and your phone out of sight.
- If you can, avoid solo journeys after a night out; opt for licensed taxis, public transport, or the SU safe taxi scheme.
- Inform someone if you’re traveling alone and stick to well-lit routes – even if it’s not late at night.
- Avoid late-night cash withdrawals.
- Download the Safezone app for added security.
- Read student content creator Ella’s advice on staying safe on a night out.
Protect Your Possessions:
- Never leave your laptop, phone, or bag unattended, even for a quick bathroom break – especially if you’re alone in café or Library.
- Secure your bike with a quality lock and use authorised spaces. The University offers quality subsidised bike locks for only £15 (RRP £40). To qualify for the discounted rate you will need to register your bike for free on the University bike registration scheme.
- Register your electronics on Immobilise, and mark them with a UV pen for added security.
- Lock up and close windows every time you leave, even for a short while.
- Keep windows and doors locked even when you’re at home.
- If you have a burglar alarm, know how it works and activate it whenever you leave the house.
- Don’t leave laptops and valuables on display – and, particularly relevant at this time of year, if you have boxes for new equipment make sure you put them in the bin (not next to it!)