Nationally, one third of students are victims of crime in the UK according togovernment statistics. Similar figures exist in the USA.These crimes are mostly theft and burglary.“ Students are seen as rich pickings for petty criminals who can guaranteethat they will have I phones, MP3 players, lap tops etc…” (CompleteUniversity Guide)Why is this?1. First time living away from home.2. New city that you don’t know that well.3. University accommodation is rarely in the best part of town.4. Add alcohol to the mix (20% of the crimes occur in first 3 weeks – Freshers?)
University of British Columbia, CanadaSafe walk service – can arrange personal escorts forcertain walking routesUBC blue phones – connect to main campus officeimmediatelySelf defense classes
University of Toronto, Canada ASK FIRST CAMPAIGN WALKSAFER PROGRAMME CAMPUS POLICE
All Universities have personal safety websites. Just type in the name of your chosen Universities followed by personal safety. This will offer an outline of advice plus useful phone numbers and services that the University have. University of Cardiff, Utrecht and Queen Mary’s are just a few that I have seenUniversity of Leicester Free personal alarms. Many Universities
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