Published: 30 November 2016

Crime prevention and safety advice events

Liverpool Guild of Students

The University’s Campus Support Team, in partnership with the Guild of Students, will be running two crime prevention and safety advice events on campus over the next two weeks.

Students and members of staff are encouraged to attend the events that will see members of the Campus Support Team running a stall in the Guild of Students and providing crime prevention, personal and bike safety advice.

The events will take place between 10am and 3pm on Thursday, 1 and Friday, 9 December at the Guild of Students. Attendees are also encouraged to raise any security or safety concerns they have with Campus Support.

If you are unable to attend either of these events, read these hints and tips on how to stay safe.

Safety and welfare

The events have been organised as part of the response to the recent reports of anti-social behaviour on the campus.

Recently, a number of international students wrote to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor asking for a dedicated task group to be set up and consideration to be given to the organisation of a Dispersal Zone on campus in response to these incidents. The suggestion of a task group is being considered and discussions are taking place with the police about the viability of a Dispersal Zone to see if it should be pursued.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Patrick Hackett, said: “We are working with all stakeholders including Merseyside Police and the Guild of Students to address what appears to be indiscriminate, opportunistic intimidation by a small number of individuals.

“Our international students are an important part of our University community and their safety and welfare is a priority. We want to reassure our campus community and those affected by these crimes that we’re doing all we can to prevent this anti-social behaviour from taking place in the future. We have a good record of low crime rates on campus; however, any incident is unacceptable and we take every one very seriously.

“As a result of these incidents we have increased our security patrols of the campus. Additional support is also being provided by the Campus Police Officer, local Police Community Support Officers and a contracted security firm to provide further reassurance.

“We will continue to communicate widely with students and staff to advise them to take appropriate precautions until the situation has improved.”

Campus Support Team

Students and staff are urged to continue reporting these matters to us. The more information we have ensures our resources are used in the best way to target these offenders and to support the safety of all staff and students. Please call the Campus Support Team immediately should you see any suspicious activity on campus. The team can be reached on 2222 from an internal phone or 0151 794 2222 from a mobile or external phone.

There are some simple, common sense things you can do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. For further information about the help available from the Campus Support Team and for hints and tips on how to stay safe please visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsupport/advice/stayingsafe/

Merseyside Police’s Student Safety webpages, which contain lots of helpful information, can also be found here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice-and-protection/burglary-and-theft/personal-safety/student-safety/

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