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Northumbria: Getting the message across to students

September 21, 2012, 2:31 pm

New university students arriving in Sunderland will receive a message from police as term time begins.

During freshers week, campus cop PC Shane Jenness will be using the Bluetooth machine to beam out a message to students.

This will tell them how he can be contacted, while also asking students to protect their property and stay safe while at uni.

Thousands will soon be descending on the city to study. Northumbria Police wants them to enjoy their time here but is urging them to take some simple measures to help keep safe and secure.

PC Jenness will also give presentations to students during induction talks and crime prevention advice and materials will be given out during the Freshers Fare.

“Sunderland is a great place to live and study and we want students to enjoy themselves and make the most of what the city has to offer,” said PC Jenness.

“But we would also ask them to take the time to think about security and crime prevention to make their time here as safe and happy as possible.

“Over the coming weeks we will be making ourselves familiar to students and will be happy to help with any concerns or advice.”

Graeme Robinson, Head of Facilities at the University of Sunderland, said: “The bluetooth message being sent out by PC Jenness is a great way to engage with our new students and get them thinking about their personal safety.

“Student safety is hugely important to us at Sunderland and we provide a number of support services to help students, especially to those in their first year, to study and socialise in a safe environment. This was recently highlighted when we were named in the top ten safest universities in England and Wales according to statistics published in June 2012.”

The University officers PC Jenness and CSO Mick Casey can be contacted at the Campus Office on (0191) 515 3999 or via email campus.police@sunderland.ac.uk

For further student safety advice, visit the Northumbria Police website:

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/students/index.asp

 
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