Student Safety Tips From Wandsworth Police

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• Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times
• Look confident even if you do not feel it
• Avoid talking on your mobile phone, listening to music or doing anything that means you might be distracted from what is going on around you
• Let people know where you’re going and when to expect you
• Never leave your bag, wallet or purse unattended
• Report any theft or loss immediately to the police and University/School/ College security


By foot:
• Do not take short cuts or walk in isolated areas
• Keep to well lit paths

By car:
• Don't accept lifts from anyone you don't know and trust
• Ensure you have enough fuel for the journey
• Keep valuables out of sight – don’t put your handbag/wallet on the passenger seat when driving
• Park in well lit area or supervised car park
• When leaving your car, even for a few minutes, never leave the keys in the ignition. Lock the car and take the keys with you. This includes petrol stations.

By bicycle:
• Always lock your bike
• Wear protective headwear and bright colours.
• Use lights in poor visibility

By taxi / public transport
• Use black cabs or book a taxi in advance
• Never get into an unlicensed minicab
• Try to avoid waiting at isolated bus stops.
• On a bus or coach, sit as close as possible to the driver.
• Do not sit in an empty compartment on a train or tube.
• Do not leave your bag loose on your lap or on the seat next to you.

Property and Belongings
Looking after your belongings:
• Ensure you have adequate personal belongings insurance
• Never leave cash or valuables such as computers in open view
• Make a list of all your property including serial numbers
• Property mark your valuable possessions.
• Register your belongings with Immobilise, a free online property database that allows you to register anything with a serial number, such as televisions, MP3 players, laptops, satellite navigation systems, games consoles and mobile phones
• Always use your mobile phone's security code or PIN
• Record your mobile phone's IMEI number and keep it somewhere safe.
Looking after your money
• Keep your card pin number to yourself, don't write it down or tell anyone else the number
• Do not ask anyone to use your card on your behalf
• Try to withdraw cash in daylight hours
• Look around before inserting your card and shield your pin when you enter it
• Put your money and card away before you step away from the cash machine
• Do not count your money in full view of strangers

In your accommodation:
• Do not leave cash or jewellery lying around the house and keep valuables out of sight, and in a secure place.
• Always shut windows when you leave a room – it only takes seconds for an intruder to get in
• Don't leave your keys in the door or lying around
• Use a spy hole or security chain to see who is at your door before opening it
• If someone claims to be a representative from a company ask to see identification before you let them in and call the company if you are still unsure
• Draw your curtains after dark

In your shared accommodation:
• Lock your room when you leave it even if you’re just going to the bathroom
• Never let anyone who is not known to you through the main entrance door - always close and lock the entrance door behind you. If visitors wish to gain entry, ask them to stay outside while you find the person they wish to see

Advice on preventing cycle theft
• Always lock your cycle, even if you are just leaving it for a few minutes
• Avoid isolated places - leave your cycle where it can be seen
• Lock your bike to an immovable object
• Invest in a good lock
• Secure removable parts
• Mark your cycle so it can be identified

If you see anything suspicious call 101.
In an emergency please dial 999.


August 28, 2012