Although Liverpool is rated as amongst one of the safest cities in the UK, it’s still wise to take steps to make sure you are safe at home and whilst out and about. To help keep you safe this autumn, Campus Support Services and Student Welfare Advice and Guidance wanted to share the following top student safety tips.
- Protect your valuables – keep them out of sight in your home, and whilst out and about. Don’t leave laptops, tablets or phones unattended, even in the library. Be vigilant when using your phone when out and about; only use it for calls if necessary. Try to keep your phone out of sight.
- Register your possessions for free with Immobilise, the national property register, to improve the chances of getting them back in the event of theft.
- Be vigilant when using cash machines – protect your PIN, avoid the need to use a cash machine late at night and if you have been drinking. If you do need to withdraw cash late at night use a machine in a well-lit area and stay with friends.
- Be aware of strangers asking for money. There are many organisations in Liverpool who can help vulnerable people, you shouldn’t hand over money. If you are concerned on campus please direct the person to Campus Support on Bedford Street, opposite the Sports Centre. If you feel threatened call the team on 0151 794 2222 (in an emergency), 0151 794 3252 (non-emergency) and ask for assistance.
- Travel sensibly – listening with headphones or talking on the phone while out and about reduces your awareness of what’s around you. At night – travel home with friends or in a reputable, licenced taxi – remember, there is safety in numbers. If you do walk home, try to stick to main roads and avoid poorly lit areas including alleyways.
- Drink responsibly. You are far more vulnerable when you are drunk, especially if you are on your own. Try and stay with a group of friends. Eat before you go out, and try to alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks. Never leave your drink unattended.
If you would like more information or if you need support during your time with us, the following services might be able to help:
- Merseyside Police have information on staying safe
- Liverpool Student Homes have information about keeping your home safe and secure
- Campus Support Services operates to ensure a safe and secure crime-free environment within the University community, through the provision of a proactive and vigilant Campus Support team. They offer a 24/7 chaperone service where we would be happy to escort any student, staff or visitor around the University campus to ensure that they feel safe whilst on our site. To request this service, please contact the control room on 0151 794 3252.
- Student Welfare Advice and Guidance is a confidential service and our role is to provide help and support to students. We are part of Student Services. To help students feel safe and supported, when Campus Support are called to assist a student, they send a report to Student Welfare Advice and Guidance. A member of the Advice and Guidance team will then get in touch with you via your University email account about support, usually the next working day. You can follow them on Twitter @livuniSWAG