In an emergency always call 999

Crime prevention advice for students starting University and College on D Division

Posted on 24th September 2014

Derby students have been given advice and tips on crime prevention as they attend University for the first time.Derby-College-Freshers-Fair-Amy Grainger Mathews and PCSO Andrea Thompson

In the last week, PC Keane from Community Safety at D Division attended five student Fresher’s Fairs covering visits to Broomfield Hall, The Roundhouse, Joseph Wright College and the Kedleston Road campus of Derby University.

He was joined by local Safer Neighbourhood Officers and Amy Grainger Mathews from the Community Safety Partnership at Derby City Council.

Together they spoke to hundreds of young people and assisted in helping the new students learn about how they can keep safe and protect their belongings from criminals.

PC Keane said: “Around 375 students including UK and International signed up to Immobilise, a free database that anyone can sign up to, you can register mobile phones and anything with a serial number such as mobile phones, laptops, bikes and TVs .

“Should an item be stolen and recovered the police can check any items against the database and return them to their rightful owner.

“Students can often be victims of theft concerning these items and it provided our team the opportunity to talk about personal safety as well.”

Key messages for all students:

  • Use a personal safety alarm, particularly if you go out at night now the darker nights have arrived
  • If you are living on or off campus make sure your doors and windows are always locked securely. Don’t leave your keys, mobiles or computers out on display and don’t answer your door to unexpected visitors.
  • Make a list of your personal property including the serial number and descriptions - use an ultraviolet pen to mark electrical and other items.
  • Sign up with Immobilise a free to register your property for free
  • If you do head out for the night, make sure everyone gets home safely either stay with the group or use a reputable taxi company
  • Your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team regularly visits your university campus and will be happy to speak to you about any concerns you may have about policing issues in the area so please look out for them

PC Keane concluded:” Derby is a safe place to live, work and study but everyone can take preventative steps to help them avoid becoming a victim of crime.

”We want young people to enjoy their time at university but also stay safe and secure.”

To find out more about crime prevention advice, ask to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or visit:|


Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.