It is always wise to take steps to make sure you are safe while out and about.
Student safety reminders:
- Protect your valuables – Keep them out of sight while out and about. Don’t leave laptops, tablets or phones unattended, even in the library. Be vigilant when using your phone when out; only use it for calls if necessary. Try to keep your phone out of sight. You can also 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 – don’t wander off on your own. If you do walk home, try to stick to main roads which are well populated, even if it means taking a longer alternative route. Avoid poorly lit areas including alleyways.
- Plan ahead – Make sure you know how you are going to get home. If you’re travelling by bus, make sure you know which bus you need and where it goes from. Memorize your address in case you need to call a taxi.
- 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.
- Attract help if you need it – If you feel threatened, make as much noise as possible to identify yourself in order to warn off the individual and to attract help from others.
If you experience any crime, or have any concerns on a night out or during your time at university, support is available.
- Student Welfare Advice and Guidance is a confidential service that provides help and support to students. During office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm), you can email, visit or call (0151 794 5863) Student Welfare Advice and Guidance.
- The team are based in the Alsop Building, which is situated on University Square. Our friendly advisers can give you information and confidential advice about any issue affecting your welfare.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Merseyside Police have lots of information on staying safe.
- Liverpool Student Homes have information about keeping your home safe and secure.
The University would like to reassure students that the Campus Support Team are on campus 24-hours a day, seven days a week, undertaking a variety of measures to maintain a safe and secure environment.
However, if you do see any suspicious activity on campus, please contact the Campus Support Team immediately. The team can be reached on 2222 from an internal phone or 0151 794 2222 from a mobile or external phone.
To find out more about the Campus Support Team and for further safety advice, please visit our Staying Safe page. Merseyside Police’s Student Safety webpage also contains additional safety information. To learn more about security at the university in general, please visit our Security page.
If you need immediate help in an emergency, please contact the police.