Crime

Burglary and theft

You can greatly reduce your risk of being burgled by taking a few simple steps.  

  • Keep the doors and windows locked.
  • Don’t leave valuable items - computers, laptops, etc - in view. Close the blinds or curtains so that passersby can’t see your valuables.
  • Mark your belongings and register your property on Immobilise. UV pens are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to do so - mark your house number/name and postcode on the items. This process helps police identify the rightful owners of stolen goods and makes it more likely that you would get them back.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places, such as under a flowerpot or the door mat.  
  • Keep items that could help someone break into your property- such as ladders - stored safely away from your house.
  • Think about taking out contents insurance (if you’re living in halls check to see whether you get this already). If you do get burgled you won’t have to pay out to replace all your items.
  • Consider using a timer switch when you are away, to give the impression that someone is at home.

 

Bikes

  • Lock it up. Invest in a good quality bike lock: look for the ‘Sold Secure’ logo.
  • Register it. It’s free.
  • Take good quality photos of your bike, and keep these with a detailed description of your bike, including any unique features. If you need to report your bike stolen, this will help you.
  • At home: try and keep the bike in a shed or secure place out of sight.

 

Preventing fraud:

Every year our Advice Service sees students who have fallen victim to fraud. You can follow some simple steps to reduce your risks. 

  • Destroy - and preferably shred - any receipts with your credit card details on, and post with your name and address on.
  • Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software, and a firewall, installed on it.
  • Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
  • Many frauds start with a phishing email. Remember that banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details. Do not trust such emails, even if they look genuine.
  • Be extremely wary of post, emails or phone calls offering you business deals out of the blue. Remember if it seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is.

A few common scams we’ve seen:

Fraudsters advertise a house to rent, often at an attractive rate and in a convenient location. Students will agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, only to discover that the fraudster posing as the landlord doesn’t own the property.  

Phishing emails. These often come from banks or institutions such as Student Finance England. These emails look as if they come from genuine companies, and they ask for details of your account. Your bank will never ask you to confirm your username or password by clicking on a link in an email and visiting a website.

 

If you need help and advice, speak to our Advice Service.

Visit: Actionfraud or Citizens Advice Bureau for more advice on staying safe from fraud.


 

Hate crime:

The Citizens Advice Bureau defines hate crimes and hate incidents as “acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.” Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police.

Report:report-it.org.uk

 

Examples of hate incidents could include:

  • verbal abuse
  • bullying or intimidation
  • threats of violence
  • online abuse
  • circulating discriminatory literature or posters

When hate incidents become criminal offences they are known as hate crimes.

Examples of hate crime could include:

  • assaults
  • criminal damage
  • harassment

 

Reporting hate crimes and incidents:

You can report the incident directly to the police by visiting your local police station or by phone.

You can report it online at: report-it.org.uk

 

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