Greater Manchester Police will be in the iZone today from 12-2pm marking belongings again today. However it’s not always possible for the police to trace your belongings if they’ve been marked so it’s best to avoid getting robbed in the first place. Here are GMP’s top tips on how to stay safe:
Lock me – 1 in 3 burglaries are a result of an open or unlocked door or window
- Keep windows and doors locked
- Leave lights on when out to give the impression the house is occupied.
- Don’t leave valuables on view
- Have a new TV? Then don’t leave the box by the bin… you never know who is watching
- If you’ve got an alarm use it
- Does your house look secure? If the answer is no then speak to your landlord
Hide me – keep all valuables out of sight
- Don’t make yourself an easy target – walk and travel in groups at night and arrange a place to meet in case anybody gets lost
- Be aware of your surroundings and keep valuables out of sight
- Stick to well-lit streets and avoid shortcuts such as alleyways and empty carparks
- Use cash machines during the day when it is busy or get cashback in a supermarket. Put your cash away quickly and never write down your PIN
- If you think you’re in danger or being followed, walk to the nearest student safe zone or a nearby bar or shop to call for help
Taking a taxi – don’t play taxi roulette
- Take a taxi you can trust – use a licensed black hackney cab from a legitimate taxi rank rather than flagging down a random car
- Some clubs and pubs will book a cab for you and let you know when it is outside. Take advantage – it beats standing in the cold!
- If you’re unsure ask to see the taxi driver’s license before you get in the car. Legitimate taxis will have this clearly displayed in the vehicle
- If you’d rather get the bus then check the times ahead and stick together
- Some halls of residences put on buses from and to venues. Find out if there is one running – it’ll save you money and keeping you safe
- Keep your drink with you at all times and never leave it unattended
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers. We all love a free drink but would it taste so good knowing it might have been spiked?
- Pace yourself – you’re more vulnerable when you’re drunk
- Some bars are accredited to a Best Bar None scheme, which means they have the interests of the punters at heart. Keep an eye out for the plaque and you’ll be in safe hands
- To report a crime, call GMP on 101
- Dial 999 in an emergency, where there is threat to life or property or a crime in progress.
GMP have a Facebook page where they update student safety information.
For more info on how to stay The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has lots of information.
The University of Manchester, MMU and Salford University have worked with GMP and the council to create ‘student safe zones’ around Oxford Road, where all students can go if they are feeling unsafe. They can just wait in the safe zone, or they can call a taxi or the police, or get support from the people working in the safe zones. The locations of the zones are here.
There will also be another chance to win a D lock in the iZone today. Come and watch a short video, answer some simple questions and see how observant you are!