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Staying Safe at University

Most students are unaware of crime in their town or city until they fall prey to it. Familiarise yourself with our information and top safety tips to safeguard you and your property – it really is better to be safe than sorry.

  • It is estimated that a third of the UK’s student body becomes a victim of crime, mainly theft and burglary.
  • Have a laptop or bike? Students with expensive equipment are seen as rich pickings by petty criminals, who know many students take little care of their belongings.
  • Freshers partying in their first few weeks at university who are not street-wise about the local area are also easy targets: about 20 per cent of student robberies occur in the first six weeks of the academic year.

Many universities and students’ unions work closely with local police to help you stay safe at uni. They will offer advice on personal safety, taking care of your belongings, and how to ensure that your accommodation is safe and secure.

Our crime tables are compiled from official police and home office data, and they aim to give a realistic picture of city safety.

You should note that these figures may over-represent crime levels. This is because they are based on resident populations and take no account of short-stay visitors and commuters. The likelihood of becoming a victim is therefore less in real terms than these figures might suggest.

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