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PSNI: Neighbourhood Officers Attend ‘Fresher’s

September 24, 2012, 1:37 pm

As ‘Freshers Week gets underway, police in Foyle are using the opportunity to engage with new students and provide some useful tips and advice on how to stay safe and protect personal property.

City Centre Neighbourhood Officer, John Bannon, said: “Aside from getting to grips with class schedules, new digs and making friends we want to make sure that the new arrivals have all the information they need to make sure university life is crime free. All this week the City Centre Neighbourhood Team will be at Magee campus working meeting students and offering advice. We want to encourage students to come along and get to know the team, pick up some useful tips and allow us to address any concerns or queries they may have. We will also be handing out booklets which provide practical crime prevention information.

“It is important that all students take sensible precautions to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime. A big part of university life is the social scene and we will be encouraging students to use safe and well-lit routes home from the pubs and clubs, to stick together, and watch how much they are drinking.

“The City Centre Team has plenty of experience and knowledge of the local area and we would encourage students to approach us whether it is on university campus or when we are out on patrol.”

Top Tips For Students

• Over 50% of burglaries happen because a door or window has been left open, so lock up properly each time you go out and if there is an alarm, set it.

• Always lock your car – never leave the keys in the ignition and dont leave valuables unattended in the vehicle whether it is parked on or off campus.

• Mark your property with the initials of your university and your student ID number – this makes it hard for a burglar to sell stolen goods and can help the police to return any recovered items to you.

• Be vigilant when using your mobile phone – if your phone is stolen, contact the police and remember to inform your network provider.

• Dont be an easy target – walk in groups at night, stay over with friends or travel by taxi. Remember that your safety is worth more than the cab fare home!

• Don’t leave drinks unattended.

• If possible, use cash machines during the day – be aware of your surroundings – never write down your PIN.

• Your own safety is the most important consideration. But remember – lock up before you leave, take your valuable items home at weekends and during the holidays, and make sure your property is secure at all times.

• Developing positive relationships with neighbours can play a vital role in ensuring any suspicious activity is reported.

 
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