Keeping your possessions safe and secure

Following a couple of recent burglaries from unattended ground floor student bedrooms on campus, University security staff are reminding students to take a few simple precautions to keep their property safe.

Brian Schofield, Head of Security Services, said: “We have a well deserved and hard earned reputation as a very safe campus, and last year we were the first university in the UK to win a national police secured environments award.

“However, whilst these recent burglaries are fortunately a rare event on campus we mustn’t be complacent.

“Everyone of us can take some very simple steps to keep out an opportunist thief.”

Safety tips include:

  • Thieves expect you to have a laptop, an MP3 player, mobile phone or other pieces of valuable electrical equipment in their room so don’t tempt them by leaving them on display so they can be seen through the window.
  • Close your curtains if you intend to leave your room for any length of time.
  • Never leave your window ajar if you are going to be out of your room, even if you only intend to be out for a short while.
  • Always lock your bedroom door when you leave your room.
  • Don’t let strangers into your residence if they knock on the door and ask for someone else – check with that person first.
  • Immediately report sightings of any strangers around the accommodation, whether inside or out, to Security using the 24 hour emergency number 01225 383999.
  • Talking of that number – why not put it in your mobile as a quick dial – you never know when you might need it.
  • Remember the Security Department is here to help you make the most of your time at Bath and the team is always delighted to give you further practical advice. Pop into the library at any time for a chat about property or personal security.

“Since the burglaries occurred we have placed additional security patrols around the student accommodation blocks,” added Brian.

“Local police have also increased their patrols and have obtained forensic evidence which will hopefully help catch the offender.

“We are also in discussions with the police and the Students’ Union to form a Students’ Neighbourhood Watch scheme on campus. Similar schemes have proved very successful at other institutions.

“In the meantime we can all do our bit to ensure that our campus is as safe as possible for all.”

Staff are also being reminded to take simple precautions to help keep the campus crime free.

"For staff, making sure you don't leave any valuables on display in your car and always locking your office when you leave it are just two simple steps which can stop opportunist thieves," said Brian.

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