Many students own small, expensive and easily sold consumer items like phones, smartwatches, MP3 players, cameras, tablets and laptops, which makes rich pickings for burglars. The following tips can help you to avoid becoming an easy target:
- Always lock your external doors with the key, even when you are in the property, to reduce the risk of burglary. If any locks are faulty, speak to your landlord to get them fixed.
- Don't leave your valuables on show.
- If your accommodation has shared access, be careful who you let into the communal areas and don't let people follow you into the property if you don't know who they are.
- If you buy new expensive items don't leave the packaging outside next to your bin, instead take it to a recycling bin or to the tip.
- If there is access at the back of the property, always make sure that gates are locked and fences are secure.
- If you leave the property during the holidays, take your valuables with you or arrange to leave them with friends or family until you return.
- Register your valuables on Immobilise, where you can record all of the serial numbers of your goods. If they are stolen the Police will work with second hand stores to try and retrieve your belongings by searching the database.
- Please click here to view more information our student safety campaigns, as well as crime prevention advice from Merseyside Police.
If you immediately require the Police or other emergency services call 999. If you need to contact the Police for a non-emergency please call 101 or visit the Merseyside Police website.
Message from Inspector Graeme Rooney, Merseyside Police
We welcome all students to the local area and hope that you have a safe an enjoyable time. Liverpool is one of the safest cities in the country. Sadly, becoming a victim of crime could ruin your experience of the city. Please take care to look after your property and your housemates by taking the simple steps as outlined.
Your local neighbourhood Police team is here to help and support you, however if issues arise from your property we will deal with these through the Liverpool Anti Social Behaviour Unit and your university.
Finally can I ask that you consider your security and ask the question “If I was a thief, how easy would it be to get into my house?”
- Don't leave valuables on display.
- Upon entering your home, lock the door behind you.
- Lock all doors and windows when you go out.
- When out, pay attention to your surroundings, travel together in the evening and use well lit paths.
- Love your phone. Log it. Register your electronic property free of charge at Immobilise. This website helps Police to identify the owners of lost & stolen property. Merseyside Police urges you to register all your electronic property on this website.
- Finally, you are joining a well-established community, please respect your neighbours and do not cause annoyance to other people by leaving rubbish outside your property or causing anti-social behaviour.
To find your dedicated local Police Officer for your local area, visit the Merseyside Police website or call 101.
Please visit our dedicated fire safety page for top tips to keep safe from fire in your home, and more key information.
Please visit our dedicated gas safety awareness page for key information about gas safety in your home.
Take five to stop fraud
Criminals operate sophisticated scams that can catch out even the most savvy consumers.
But, there's a simple way to protect yourself from fraud. This starts with taking five and
remembering a simple memorable phrase ‘My money? My info? I don’t think so’. If you’re
unsure, don’t give out your details, click on a link or give anyone your money, or access to it.
Spotting common scams
Requests to move money
A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
Clicking on dodgy links in emails or texts
Dont be tricked into giving fraudsters access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
Always question uninvited approaches in case it is a scam. Instead of responding, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.