IT’S back to work for Huddersfield’s students this month.
The start of the new academic year can be an exciting time, but it can also mean open season for criminals.
Students are, statistically, one of the most likely groups to fall victim to crime.
They own more expensive consumer goods per head than any other section of the population.
It is no surprise, therefore, that students become the target of crime.
Crimes mostly affecting students include mugging, vehicle-related theft and burglary.
Huddersfield is a safe place to be a student.
But by taking a few simple precautions, you can further reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
Many burglaries happen when a door or window has been left open. In a private home or flat, lock up whenever you go out, with deadbolts if you have them.
In a hall of residence, be careful who you let in or who follows you into the building. Lock your bedroom door even if you are only going down the corridor.
Robbers look for easy targets, so walk in groups at night, travel by taxi or stay over with friends. Your safety is worth more than the cab fare home!
If possible, use cash-machines during the day. Put your card and cash away and be vigilant. Never write your PIN down.
Keep cards and chequebooks separately. Note down your card details so you can cancel them quickly.
Always lock your car and put valuables out of sight. Never leave the keys in the ignition even when paying for petrol.
After a night out, arrange to go home with friends, or in a taxi.
To prevent spiking, don’t leave drinks unattended.
Be vigilant when using your mobile phone. If your phone is stolen, call your network or 08701 123 123 to immobilise it.
Protect yourself with insurance. Keep lists of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items to help police track them down if they are stolen.
Mark your property with the initials of your university and your student ID number. This makes it harder for a burglar to sell stolen goods and can help the police to return items to you.