Welcome to your new academic year!
Your time at University is for many students a first taste of independence and freedom. Being a student is as much about forging lasting friendships, social events and gaining life skills as it is about advanced academic study. One of the last things on your mind may be the thought of crime.
An encouraging fact about Manchester is that it is one of the safest cities in Britain in which to live (http://www.gmp.police.uk). Your University and your halls of residence have a duty of care towards you. It is part of their responsibility to provide safe spaces for you to live and study. However, you also have a responsibility to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.
Helpful tips to help you protect yourself against the criminal
- You may have a lot of expensive gear: a laptop, a smartphone, and games console. Keep these out of sight when you are not using them;
- Before you go out, remember to shut your window;
- When you leave your room, remember to lock your door;
- Always shield your PIN as you enter it at a Cash Machine (ATM) or at a shop checkout;
- Do not carry too much cash;
- Stick to well-known routes, especially late at night (this applies to men as well as women)
- If you take a taxi make sure it is from a reputable company, or book it through UBER;
- Be careful not to be ‘tailgated’ into your halls of residence.
- Relax, enjoy your time at University, and present yourself as confident and positive. Don’t show yourself as a target.
If you live in a large halls of residence, a member of the Greater Manchester Police may visit your hall during the first term to advise you on personal safety and crime prevention. It’s well worth attending.
For more information on crime prevention, visit the Greater Manchester Police Website.