Student Survival Guide
For students in Greater Manchester we know that staying safe will be the last thing on your mind, but in reality it is one of the most important things to consider.
We want you to enjoy your time while staying here, and while figures show that the Greater Manchester is one of the safest places to live and work, we know that 1 in 10 students will be a victim of crime.
Crime prevention probably seems so far away from your list of things to do while at uni, but the unfortunate truth is that criminals see you as easy targets. You bring with you up to £1,000 of goods and often their packaging is left in plain view in wheelie bins outside your homes. This in itself is an open invitation to thieves.
Our officers will be working with the universities and other agencies to ensure you are given the correct advice to keep yourself and your property safe, but you can help yourself by following our advice and short videos.
Many of your items will hold more than a financial value. Your laptop will contain music and photos, and for second and third year students, lecture notes and work towards your final grade.
For more information on student safety, like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mcrstudentsafer. The page includes updates on crime in your area and features useful information and advice on how to stay safe. You can also get in contact with your local neighbourhood policing team for more information.
You can download the GMP mobile app for details of police meetings and surgeries in your area. Using the GPS navigation, it also features the student safe zones – these are areas where you can go to when feeling unsafe.
In addition to the increased patrols in the student areas throughout the year, our teams will target known offenders and deliver safety talks to thousands of new and existing students urging them to be security savvy.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams will also run surgeries on campus to ensure you know how to protect yourself and your property and so that you can get advice from officers.
Don't forget, you can register any valuable property (e.g. laptops, tablets, smartphones, mp3s) on www.immobilise.com free of charge. This will help 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 windows and doors locked
- Leave lights on when out to give the impression the house is occupied.
- Don’t leave valuables on view
- Have a new TV? Then don’t leave the box by the bin… you never know who is watching
- 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 student safe zone or a nearby bar or shop to call for help
Taking a taxi - 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 driver’s 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 and keeping you safe
- Keep 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
- 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.