Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A Few Handy Safety Tips

Hi to all our Reading Freshers' and Returning students,

The RUSU Student Officers can’t wait to meet all our new Freshers' during Freshers’ Week and welcome back our Returning students for the Autumn Term.

This is an important time to remind you to keep your belongings safe while you are here. Criminals can target students and student properties because they know each one is likely to store a treasure trove of laptops, ipods, ipads etc.

Our friendly local police service the Thames Valley Police, has created a great list of things to remember, to help protect yourself and your property.
  • Close it and lock it - don’t give burglars a helping hand. Make sure you lock your doors, rooms and windows when leaving your property
  • Be smart – mark your laptops and cameras etc with security markers
  • Immobilise – register all your valuables online to help catch thieves and keep a list of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items
  • Don’t be a show off – keep valuables like laptops, mobile phones, ipods and expensive jewellery out of display in your home, car and when you are walking around
  • Plan – your journeys - if you are going out, make sure you tell a friend. Don’t take short cuts and only use licensed taxis
  • Never walk alone – walk with friends and in groups. Don’t make yourself more vulnerable
  • Drink aware – enjoy your drink responsibly. Don’t leave your drink unattended and never accept drinks from strangers
  • Don’t flash it – be wary around cash points
  • Stay alert – if you see someone hanging around outside your house or halls, ask them who they are and be careful of letting others follow you into your building
  • Shred – your personal documents before you bin them
Don't let this all worry you, but do make sure that you do all you possibly can to keep safe.

Our brand new 'Pay Later' Taxi scheme is also a great way to make sure you get home safely without having to worry about money after a long night out.

We are really excited about seeing you all in less than 3 weeks’ time and if you have any questions on Welfare then please do not hesitate to contact me!!

VP Welfare and Representation

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