Posted on 16th September 2013
Officers from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team headed back to university to give students tips on crime prevention.
The team were on hand to greet freshers at the University of Derby’s Buxton sites and help them protect their belongings from criminals.
They security etched several bicycles and helped students mark valuable items such as laptops, phones and cameras so that if they are stolen and recovered, their owners can be quickly traced.
Officers will be attending freshers fairs at the university over the next few weeks to chat to students about how easy it is for thieves to target their belongings, and the simple steps they can take to combat them.
They are also increasing patrols to target anti-social behaviour and make sure the new students are safe from crime.
PCSO Ally Ratcliffe, from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It’s easy to forget about crime prevention in all the excitement of moving into university accommodation so we wanted to ensure the students gave it some thought.
“We gave them advice on staying safe when out and about, looking after their belongings, deterring burglars and other criminals and other tips on keeping out of harm.
“We had a great reception from the students and lots of them were really keen to have their belongings security marked.
“The whole point was to make sure they are safe from crime when living and studying here and encouraging students to think about crime prevention will be a great help in achieving that.”
PCSO Ratcliffe was joined at the university sites by PCSO Patrick Haley, from Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, for the visits on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15.
To find out more about crime prevention advice, call Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.