Christmas - Stay Safe During the Festive Season

December 10, 2018

Christmas is a great time to relax, enjoy yourself, or catch up with loved ones. Unfortunately, Christmas is also a time for a spike in criminal activities, so follow the advice below to make sure you Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Driving Home for Christmas

If you are driving home for Christmas, make sure you have checked your car before you go (fluid levels, petrol, tyres). The weather at this time of year is unpredictable; make sure you pack a drink and some non-perishables as well as a blanket

Rocking around the Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time to relax and let your hair down…especially as you have been studying hard for the past few months. Follow these tips for a safe night out on the town

  • Do not drink and drive – always book a reputable taxi home.
  • On the subject of taxis – use a firm you trust. There are many stories of illegal companies operating throughout the UK
  • Never leave your drink unattended even for one second
  • Never leave your bag or phone unattended
  • Always stay with your group while out. Do not wander off on your own and make sure your friends don’t either.
  • Stay in well-lit areas if walking from pub to pub or home. Never walk home alone.

Is Your House All Alone at Christmas?

An empty house is an easy target for would be burglars. Here is some safety advice to make sure your property is safe this Christmas.

  • Check all your windows and doors before you leave to deter would-be burglars
  • Make sure you either take your valuables home with you or hide them out of sight!
  • Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on the property while you are away, get them to check no mail is left hanging out of mailbox
  • Close the ground floor curtains
  • If you have the technology, have the lights in the house come on at set times.
  • Keep the heater on timed to avoid any frozen pipes on your return.
  • Ensure any boxes from gifts are well disposed of; you don’t want to advertise any expensive goods you may have had for Christmas

More student safety information can be found here.

Merry Xmas Everybody, wrap up warm in this Winter Wonderland, because Baby it’s Cold Outside!

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