Student Survival Guide
As well as the pads, pens, toasters and posters, Greater Manchester Police wants students to remember one more thing when they come to the city to start their university life – to stay safe.
Greater Manchester is a fantastic place for people to study and we want to welcome new and returning students. However, many students become so busy enjoying their new lives that they forget personal safety issues. Statistics show that 1 in 10 students will become a victim of crime while studying in Manchester, so Greater Manchester Police aims to ensure the 70,000 students descending on universities across the city have a safe and enjoyable experience.
We understand that crime prevention is not one of your top priorities, but unfortunately some criminals do see students as easy targets. We will be doing everything in our power to prevent students becoming victims of crime by working with the universities to provide students with advice on keeping themselves and their property safe.
We want you to enjoy your time at university, so find out here how to protect yourself and your valuables, how to think safe drink safe, details of the student pub watch scheme and some top tips on staying safe.
By taking on board some simple advice you can become security savvy and avoid falling victim.
Police officers will deliver safety talks to welcome new students to the city and urge them to become more security savvy. While other students will be shown a short film*, featuring GMP officers, Manchester students and ex-offenders, about how to keep themselves and their property safe.
Also as part of the campaign, a dedicated Manchester Student Safety Facebook page has been created by GMP, Manchester City Council and the universities which is filled with useful information and important advice on staying safe. It includes advice on keeping iPods and mobiles safe, keeping burglars out and staying safe on a night out – along with other issues that affect young people.
Policing operations will take place throughout the academic year and Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be on hand to ensure that students know how to protect themselves and their property. The on-campus teams will also hold police surgeries to deal with the concerns of the university students.
Police Officers will deliver safety and security talks to new students during the Orientation programme, offering advice on how to keep themselves and their property safe.
Don't forget, you can register any valuable property (eg laptops, tablets, smart phones, mp3s) on www.immobilise.com free of charge. This will assist the police to return lost or stolen items to their rightful owners and also act as a deterrent to offenders.
Lock me – 1 in 3 burglaries are a result of an open or unlocked door or window
- Keep your windows and doors shut and locked.
- Leave lights on when you go out to give the impression that the house is occupied.
- Don’t leave your valuables on view
- If you’ve got a new TV then don’t leave the box lying by the bin… you never know who might be spying on you
- If you’ve got an alarm use it
- Does your house look secure? If the answer is no then speak to your landlord
Hide me – keep all valuables out of sight
- Don’t make yourself an easy target – walk and travel in groups at night and arrange a place to meet in case anybody gets lost
- Be aware of your surroundings and keep valuables out of sight.
- Stick to well lit streets and avoid shortcuts such as alleyways and empty carparks
- Use cash machines during the day when it is busy or get cashback in a supermarket. Put your cash away quickly and never write down your PIN
- If you think you’re in danger or being followed, walk to the nearest shop or garage and call for help
Taxin' - don’t play taxi roulette
- Take a taxi you can trust – use a licensed black hackney cab from a legitimate taxi rank rather than flagging down a random car
- Some clubs and pubs will book a cab for you and let you know when it is outside. Take advantage – it beats standing in the cold!
- If you’re unsure ask to see the taxi drivers license before you get in the car. Legitimate taxis will have this clearly displayed in the vehicle
- If you’d rather get the bus then check the times ahead and stick together
- Some halls of residences put on buses from and to venues. Find out if there is one running – it’ll save you money as well as keeping you safe
- think safe, drink safeKeep your drink with you at all times and never leave it unattended
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers. We all love a free drink but would it taste so good knowing it might have been spiked?
- Pace yourself – you’re more vulnerable when you’re drunk
- Some bars are accredited to a Best Bar None scheme, which means they have the interests of the punters at heart. Keep an eye out for the plaque and you’ll be in safe hands
For more safety tips, join us on Facebook at Manchester Student Safe
- To report a crime, call GMP on 101
- Dial 999 in an emergency, where there is threat to life or property or a crime in progress.