How to get in touch.
If you see us out and about on campus or in the town don’t hesitate to come and have a chat. We have an office in the students union so pop upstairs because we may be there. You can email us at Loughborough.firstname.lastname@example.org or call us by dialling 101 and when you hear the message type in our collar number. You can find us on Facebook at Loughborough University Police or on Twitter at LboroUniPolice so please follow us.
In an emergency, or if you see a crime being committed, please call 999.
Keep your Place Secure!
Loughborough is a safe place to study and we know crime prevention is not the most important thing on your mind BUT students who live in multi-occupancy houses can fall victim to crime because everyone assumes everyone else will lock the windows and doors.
A student house or flat often contains many more possessions than an average family home with several occupants often having a laptop, mobile phones, gaming system, mp3 player & digital camera etc
We want to remind you to take a few easy steps to take care of your property to ensure you have a happy time living and studying in Loughborough
If you are living in Halls of Residence:
· Close and lock windows & doors even if you’re only nipping out for a short time.
· About 90% of burglaries in halls of residence are through insecure windows or doors, and many of them occur during the evening when students have returned from lectures.
· Don’t leave your room unlocked or your windows open when you go out even for short periods of time (e.g. to go to the kitchen, bathroom or a mate’s room).
Don’t leave anything on display particularly if you live on the ground floor:
· Think of your room as a tempting shop window - when you leave your room hide/lock things away, or shut curtains/use net curtains.
· If your desk is next to the window, particularly avoid leaving items (e.g. laptops) lying on the desk when you go out of the room: if someone can put their hand into the room they can grab it!
Don’t rely on access control systems on the main flat doors:
· Access controlled doors obviously only work if they are shut and are too often wedged open.
· Avoid letting people into the halls that you do not know, and avoid giving out the door codes to anyone.
If you are living in the private rented sector:
Don’t leave anything on display – particularly anything that can be seen from outside the house. Ask your landlord if you, or they, can put up net curtains particularly on the ground floor windows.
If you have a side alleyway make sure that it is fitted with a secure locking gate which cannot be climbed over. Effective, working and properly used alleygates can greatly reduce the risk of burglary to the rear of your house.
Don’t leave wheelie bins in a location where they can be used to climb on and get into first floor windows or onto flat roofs.
If you have a burglar alarm remember to set it when you go out.
Get some timer switches to use on radios and lights, this will make it appear that you are in when you are not (at least two per household). You can get these from most DIY or electrical shops.
Get to know the neighbours, particularly if they are full time residents, because if you are on good terms with them they are likely to look to out for your property whilst you are away during the vacation periods, and will get to know you should be visiting your house.
No matter where you are living:
Ensure that you have suitable insurance.
Take your valuables home during vacation periods. During term times most burglaries are committed through insecure doors and windows, and a burglar will prefer to use this method of entry as it is both quiet and quick. During the vacation, however, they are more prepared to use force to gain entry as there are far fewer people around to see or hear them.
Remember that you can replace possessions but how do you replace your course work? Make sure that it is backed up and stored separately to your computer.
Use an UV pen to mark your property with your postcode. We advise that you use a permanent residence (e.g. family home address) rather than a university residence as this may change quite frequently. Alternatively you can write the name of your university along with your student ID number.
You can also register your items for free on the national property database, Immobilise – you can register any item that has a serial number, e.g. mobile phones, mp3 players, and laptops – in fact any item with a serial number. You can also register pedal cycles. To register click on www.registermythings.co.uk.