STUDENTS arriving for university life in Huddersfield have been urged to stay safe by following simple crime prevention precautions.
West Yorkshire Police crime reduction officer Det Insp John Minary said many offences are committed by opportunist thieves.
He said: "There are instances of crime and disorder and the police along with our partners are working hard to combat this."
He said by following simple precautions, a lot of crime can be thwarted.
* Keep doors and windows locked.
* Mark their property with their university name and student number.
* Don't leave cash and valuables on display in their rooms.
* Leave lights or radios on when they go out to give the impression someone is in.
* Never walk alone after dark.
* Get a personal attack alarm.
* Carry their bags close to their bodies, but if someone tries to get it, let it go.
* When out at night get a taxi home - don't be tempted to hitch a ride or accept a lift from someone you don't know.
* Any suspicious incidents should always be reported to the police.
The police's website also provides students with more safety advice at www.westyork shire.police.uk/students