Check out our important safety tips for students related to personal property, including phones, bags, and wallets.
- Theft is often committed by opportunists who take advantage of the unaware and uninformed.
- It’s important to protect your personal property at all times.
- Try and wear your bag so that the strap is across your body, with the opening closest to your body. If you have a purse/wallet in your pocket be mindful of how easily accessible it is.
- Pick-pocket thefts are on the rise, especially in shops, therefore keep small accessible items safe from thieves
- Keep your bag in sight at all times, preferably on your person if you can.
- Try not to advertise your most valuable possessions, for instance, putting your bag or purse on a table or chair unattended, this is extremely attractive to would be thieves.
- It doesn’t take much to lose your bag or purse with all your cash, bank cards and ID, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft.
- If your bag or purse is stolen, make sure you cancel bank cards as soon as possible.
- Take a good look at the contents of your bag/wallet/purse. For example, you may not need to take all of your credit/debit cards with you every time you go out.
- If you are threatened in any way to hand over your property be mindful if it is replaceable – you aren’t.
- When walking on the pavement, walk towards oncoming traffic making it more difficult for thieves on wheels to pull up next to you.
- Keep at least one hand free to use to defend yourself if necessary.
Who to call when you feel unsafe
Our Security Control Room
Please call our security team on:
- general contact number - 020 8240 4335
- emergency number - 020 8240 4060.
Police and authorities
Please call the police on:
- non-emergencies - 101
- emergencies - 999 (do not be afraid to call this number in emergencies).