Posted on 15th September 2014
Students in Chesterfield have been given advice and tips on staying safe and crime prevention all ready for the start of the new college year.
Officers from the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership and local Safer Neighbourhood policing team held a stall at the Chesterfield College Freshers Fair last week.
They offered advice on how to prevent their property from being stolen, personal safety, responsible drinking and substance misuse, including so called ‘legal highs’.
Sgt. Dave Harrison, of the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership, said: “During the fair we were able to engage with many different students of all ages, at the college to offer advice and information around all aspects of personal safety and security.
“It is important to us that we work alongside the college to ensure that students are aware of how they can take care of themselves, their friends and their property at all times, whether on or off campus.”
Advice on safety and security for students includes:
- Items such as laptops, mobile phones, iPods and wallets are attractive to thieves. Keep them concealed, bags zipped up and only bring with you the items you need. Be aware of your surroundings and alert to anyone nearby.
- Security mark your property and even your bikes. This will act as a deterrent to a thief and could help officers to return your items to you if they are stolen and recovered.
- Sign up to Immobilise, a national property database used by the police to trace stolen items, for free.
- Keep a parent or emergency contact number separately from your mobile phone so that you have a number to call should you lose mobile phone.
- If you are out for an evening, think in advance of how you will get home. If you plan on using a taxi, keep money aside and use a reputable firm you can trust. Never walk home alone.
- You can be more vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime, and put your own safety at risk, if you are intoxicated. Know your own limits and look out for your friends.
For more advice and information on safety and security contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team on 101, or visit the Safety Advice pages on our website by clicking here.