Please Continue to Stay Safe

September 30, 2015

You will no doubt be aware of the three sexual assaults in Cardiff last week, and the arrest of suspects in two of those cases. Even though arrests have been made, personal safety awareness continues to be important – and not just for women.

South Wales is a safe place and we want to keep it that way. Please visit the Student Safety and Crime Prevention UniLife Channel for comprehensive advice.

Please also follow the advice below, which has been provided by South Wales Police and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

Men’s Personal Safety

  • If you are a young man, you are most at risk from violence and aggression.
  • Don’t assume it won’t happen to you
  • Understand the risks of the environment around you
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions
  • Personal Safety Alarms are legal tools for self defence. Weapons or pepper sprays aren’t.

Personal Safety for Everyone: On nights out

  • Stay together when you’re out at night, drink responsibly and make sure you all go home together.
  • If you are socialising with a group of people, then watch out for each other and make sure everyone stays safe.
  • Always plan your journey home. Carry the telephone number of a trusted, licensed taxi or minicab company with you or have a suitable booking app available on your phone. If you are planning to use public transport, always check the times of the last train or buses.
  • If you are out at night, keep to well-lit areas, and always stay with your friends. Avoid danger spots such as poorly-lit areas, deserted parks, or quiet alleyways and walk facing oncoming traffic.
  • If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening. If necessary, call the police.
  • Stay Alert! Avoid chatting on your mobile phone or listening to music on your headphones, as this will distract you from your surroundings and prevent you from hearing any potential danger signs.
  • Think about getting a personal safety alarm. Keep it in an easily accessible place and carry it in your hand if you feel at risk.
  • If anyone has concerns, please approach a police officer or contact South Wales Police on 101.

Personal Safety for Everyone: Accommodation

  • Always lock the door and shut the window when you leave your room in halls or your student house, even if you are only popping next door for a minute.
  • Think about the risks before inviting someone you’ve just met into your room or student house.
  • Never let anyone into your block by holding a door open unless you know them or have checked their ID.
  • If you see anything suspicious, report it to your campus security. It may be nothing to worry about but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • When choosing where to stay, make sure that it’s secure and that the area feels safe. It’s a good idea to visit it at night as well as during the day.
  • Make sure you meet all your prospective flat mates and trust your instincts when deciding whether or not to move in.

South Wales Police Statement (26th September 2015)

South Wales Police is continuing to investigate three sexual assaults in Cardiff which have happened in the last five days.

The following updates are from Cardiff’s Divisional Commander and Head of Criminal Investigation Department.

Head of Cardiff CID Detective Chief Inspector Richie Jones, said:

“South Wales Police is continuing to investigate three sexual assaults in Cardiff which have happened in the last five days.
“We are treating these incidents extremely seriously and a full and through investigation is on-going, involving a large number of officers from a range of specialist departments.
“I can confirm that one man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual assault and is currently in custody at Cardiff Bay Police Station.
“Despite this arrest, the investigation is very much on-going.
“While there are similarities in terms of the locations, times and nature of the assaults, it is too early to say whether the same person is responsible.
“As a person has been arrested, I am limited in what information I can provide in terms of the incidents themselves.
“But what I can tell you is that just after 4.30am today (24th september 2015) South Wales Police received a report of a serious sexual assault on a 19-year-old woman in Cardiff. A police cordon has been removed from Gorsedd Gardens following a thorough forensic examination and search.
“We are also continuing to investigate two other sexual assaults – one in Cardiff Civic Centre during the early hours of Sunday, September 20 and a second at a house in Cathays Terrace during the early hours of Tuesday, September 22. Both of these victims are aged 20.
“Their welfare is an absolute priority for us and all three are being supported by specially trained officers.
“We are doing everything possible to bring those responsible to justice and would appeal for anyone with information to contact South Wales Police.”

Divisional Commander for Cardiff, Chief Superintendent Belinda Davies, said:

“My message is one of zero-tolerance towards anyone who commits these appalling crimes – let me be clear that we will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.
“All reports of sexual assault are taken extremely seriously and South Wales Police, together with the Police and Crime Commissioner, have been working with partners to make tackling this type of crime a priority.
“Cardiff is a safe city and I want to keep it that way.
“As our investigation continues we want people to be able to go out, enjoy themselves and feel safe in our Capital City. Crimes like this are never the victims fault, but I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to follow basic safety advice so they keep themselves and their friends safe.
Stay together when you’re out at night, drink responsibly and make sure you all go home together.
“Always plan your journey home, book a reputable taxi firm, and if walking please keep to well-lit areas.
“Additional high-visibility patrols are continuing in the city centre and surrounding areas to offer reassurance that will continue tonight and the weekend.
If anyone has concerns or information please approach a police officer or contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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