The Neighbourhood Policing Team provides security and personal safety advice:
"Hello we are Sergeant Gemma Barber, PC Andy Scarratt & PCSO Adam Cleaver. We can be seen patrolling the two universities' campuses on a regular basis. Please feel free to stop us for a chat. We also work very closely with our colleagues from the Winton, Charminster and Lansdowne Neighbourhood Policing Teams because they cover the areas where the majority of the town’s students live and spend their time.
We have an office on campus. If you have any community safety concerns or would like to speak to one of us in person, come and see us in Room T108, Talbot House, Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus. Alternatively you can ring us on 101 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, if a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.
You can also raise your concerns at one of our surgeries. These are held every month at Bournemouth University’s Talbot and Landsdowne campuses and Arts University College Bournemouth’s main campus. Visit the Dorset Police website to find out more, the Bournemouth Universities NPT Facebook page also has regular updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram."
By following a few simple steps, students and non-students alike can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary.
- Always lock doors and windows when you leave the house for any length of time even if you are only going in the garden
- Make sure that all external doors (and internal doors in shared accommodation) and windows are locked at night
- Don’t leave valuables, such as mobile phones, handbags, wallets and jewellery, in view of ground-floor windows or external doors
- Remove keys from windows and doors and keep them out of sight
- If you have a burglar alarm or security light, ensure these are working and switched on
- Mark valuable items with your postcode using an ultra-violet pen and register the items’ serial numbers for free at www.immobilise.com. This will increase the chances of property being returned to you if it is lost or stolen and recovered by Dorset Police
- Join a Home Watch or Neighbourhood Watch group in your area to receive regular crime updates and crime prevention advice. Contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team for more information
- Take out contents insurance for your property to cover your belongings.
Personal safety advice
When you are out and about, particularly after dark, please take on board the following personal safety advice to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
- Plan ahead. Make sure you know where you are going and how to get there. If you are catching a bus or train, find out the times to avoid waiting for long periods at bus stops or stations. If you are planning to take a taxi or minicab home, then either book it before going out, or take the number of a licensed cab company with you
- When walking, stick to busy well-lit streets whenever possible. Avoid danger spots like quiet or badly lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks
- If you do have to pass danger spots, think about what you would do if you felt threatened. The best idea is to head for a public place where you know there will be other people, for example a garage or pub
- Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them and whenever practical walk facing on coming traffic to avoid curb crawlers
- Stay alert and keep your mind on your surroundings - remember if you are wearing headphones or chatting on a mobile phone, you will not hear trouble approaching
- If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. As confidently as you can, cross the road turning and look to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening
- Try not to keep all your valuables in one place. Instead place valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket or use a money belt
- Try to keep both hands free and don’t walk with your hands in your pockets
- Consider carrying a personal safety alarm, which can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker giving you vital seconds to get away.
This information and much more can be found at www.suzylamplugh.org.