The chances of you or a member of your family becoming a victim of violent crime are low. Violent crimes by strangers in public places are still rare and account for a very small part of recorded crime. You can make yourself even less likely to be the victim of a violent crime – for example, robbery (mugging) or assault – by taking a few sensible precautions. Many are common sense, and may be things that you already do. Making yourself safer doesn't mean changing your entire lifestyle, personality or wardrobe, and it doesn't mean never going out at all.
Men and women can experience crime differently and it is important to remember this so you can protect yourself as well as possible. You should think about how you would act in different situations before you are in them. Think about whether you would stay and defend yourself (using reasonable force), risking further injury, or whether you would give an attacker what they want, to avoid injury.
There is nothing wrong with doing either, but you should think about the options – there will be no time to do so if you are attacked.
Some general points
Advice for Students
• Be aware: local thieves actively target students, so lock doors and windows when leaving the property
• Be aware: local thieves actively target students in crowded places, so keep bags securely fastened and out of view
• Mark your belongings with a UV pen or other marking system
• Register your valuables on one of the commercially available asset registers (e.g. http://www.immobilise.com/
• Protect your mobile phone by:
• Register it on http://www.immobilise.com/
• Never leave your bag, mobile phone, tablet or laptop unattended in public view, even for a few moments e.g. while you pop to the toilet
• Avoid talking on your mobile phone or listening to music on headphones whilst walking home at night. Try not to walk home alone. Be aware of what’s going on around you and keep to well-lit, busy areas
• Be extra careful when using cash machines - make sure no one is loitering too close, do not let anyone distract you as you remove your card and cash from the machine and do not count your money in the middle of the street.
• Do not keep all your valuables in one place. Instead place items such as wallets and mobile phones in inside pockets and only take out what is necessary on a night out
• Be alcohol aware and drink responsibly
If your phone is stolen, report your number to your network and the police – the handset can now be barred on all networks and will be useless to thieves.
Register your phone with your network operator. Record your registration number (IMEI) and your phone number. Keep these in a safe place separate from your phone. You can get your IMEI number (15-digit serial number) by keying *#06# into most phones or by looking behind your phone battery.
Report the number of your stolen phone to your network operator and the police as quickly as you can. It can now be cancelled immediately like a stolen credit card. Stay alert – your phone is a valuable item. When you are out, be aware of your surroundings and don't use your phone in crowded areas or where you might feel unsafe.