This week sees thousands of students move to Derbyshire, ready to start the next part of their lives at University.
For many, it is their first time away from home, so as they settle in, we want them to feel safe. On nights out, walking in the streets, and in their new homes.
If you’re heading on a night out:
Limit your alcohol intake and don’t leave your drinks unattended.
Stay in a group and get a taxi home together. Never leave a friend behind.
If you’re heading into town:
Be prepared. Plan your route in advance, carry a charged mobile phone and some cash, and tell someone where you are going.
Be aware of your surroundings. Consider having only one earphone in when listening to music, and not texting as you walk along busy streets.
Hide your valuables in a zipped and secure bag.
Back at your flat or student accommodation:
Ensure that none of your plants obscure the view or lighting from CCTV cameras.
Your communal door is only effective if it is closed and secure, so always remember to check that it locks behind you. If it doesn’t, then report it to your management agent or landlord so it can be repaired quickly.
Consider where the post boxes are located as these are often targeted by criminals. Ideally, they should be in a secure lobby area and be lockable so that no one can easily fish out mail.
Consider an accredited burglar alarm system with audible alarm boxes mounted high at the front and rear of your home.