Safety from Crime Over Christmas

December 2, 2015

Unfortunately, the holiday season can be a high time for criminal activity.

The police are running a safety awareness and anti crime information initiative: the Don’t have a nightmare this Christmas campaign.

The Student Safety and Crime Prevention UniLife site provides advice that applies to all seasons. Below, we’ve collected together specific advice for the holidays.

Partying

  • Avoid drinks that you have not seen being poured, and never leave a drink unattended
  • If you suddenly feel unusually drunk, ask a trusted friend to take you home and seek medical help
  • Never leave bags and phones unattended, and keep an eye on your belongings at all times
  • Be sensible when consuming alcohol, and don’t let it affect your ability to take care of yourself. Drink water between each alcoholic beverage – this will help you to avoid that dreaded hangover too!
  • Keep to well-lit areas when walking between pubs and clubs
  • Use a reputable taxi firm to get home, and travel with friends. If you walk home, do so in a group and not on your own

Going home for Christmas?

  • Take your valuables home with you
  • Remove obvious signs from windows that it’s a student house e.g. posters
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked when you leave
  • Clear gardens of items such as bricks/ladders that could be used to force entry
  • Ask your landlord/letting agent or trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your house during the holidays and ask them to push through any mail left hanging from letter boxes and bring in your bins
  • So the house appears occupied set up light timers to come on whilst you are away and close curtains in ground floor bedrooms
  • Make sure the boiler comes on for a few hours each day to prevent pipes from freezing
  • When you return don’t make it obvious that Santa has been generous by leaving packaging of expensive presents on display or in bins as burglars know the packaging relates to items worth stealing
  • Go to www.immobilise.com a free property protection register for any new electrical items, mobiles, bikes, laptops etc.

Vehicle Crime

  • Always keep it locked! This includes securing your motorbike, scooter or bicycle
  • Don’t leave anything on display and remove all valuables from your car
  • Ensure you park in busy, well- lit areas with CCTV if possible

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