Lincolnshire is a fantastic place to study. The University of Lincoln is fast becoming one of the most popular choices for students. It boasts a thriving academic community in a historical city with plenty of shops, restaurants and nightlife.
Lincolnshire is also one of the safest counties in the UK. But whether you are a first year fresher, or just about to graduate, it is still important to consider your safety whilst you study and have fun.
Check out our general information and advice on personal safety. Below, we have put together some student specific tips.
Your first few weeks
- Get to know your surroundings quickly.
- Get to know your flat mates quickly and swap mobile phone numbers.
- Find out where your local police station and hospital are. Sign up with the local GP.
- Put the numbers of reputable taxi firms in your phone.
Whether you are living in student halls, or a city centre flat, there are simple measures you can take to keep yourself and your property safe:
- Keep your doors and windows locked whenever you are out.
- Be mindful of tailgaters to your building. Don’t be afraid to challenge someone who tries to enter the building without a key or pass.
- Keep your high value items such as laptops and tablets out of sight and secure when you are not using them.
- Consider marking your property before going to university (see below)
Property marking and registration
We recommend that you mark and register your property and advertise the fact using window stickers.
You can register your property FOR FREE using Immobilise, a national, police approved database.
See our property registration and marking page for more details.
- Check your bank statements on a regular basis.
- Cover the keypad when entering your PIN at a cash machine.
- Phone your bank to cancel your card immediately if you think they have been lost or stolen.
- Report any unusual activity to Action Fraud.
University students have been increasingly targeted by criminals to facilitate their illegal money laundering operations. A money mule is a person who is used by criminals to move illegal funds between accounts, whether in person or electronically, in order to launder the money and evade authorities.
Avoid becoming a ‘money mule’:
- Be very cautious of unsolicited emails or approaches over social media promising opportunities to make easy money.
- Never give your bank account or any other personal details to anyone unless you know and trust them.
- Be especially wary of job offers from people or companies overseas as it will be harder for you to find out if they really are legitimate.
- Be vigilant - look out for any unusual activity in your bank account (for example, if you see that money has been deposited into your account and then removed
- If an opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you think that your bank account may have been misused, or that you have become involved in a scam or money laundering activity, talk directly with your bank about this. Alternatively you could report the issue to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting the Action Fraud website.
Find more information
On a night out
It’s important to have fun at university, but don’t forget to look after yourself and others:
- Never accept drinks from strangers.
- Don’t leave your drink unattended. If you have, buy another one.
- Make sure you have eaten well before drinking alcohol.
- Try to alternate alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks.
- Know your drinking limits. Alcohol lowers your guard and affects your judgement.
- Stay with your group of friends. Look out for each other and try to stay clear of trouble.
- Plan your journey in advance, including the journey home. Try to travel with other people you know if possible.
- Make sure you have extra money in case you get stranded or miss the last bus.
- Never disclose private information such as your phone number or address to others or on online sites.
- If you arrange to meet someone in person that you have met online make sure you meet in a populated public space. Do not accept lifts from the person you are meeting. Tell a friend or family member where you are going and what time you expect to return.
- When using social networks be aware that much of the information becomes public by default and is easy to search for.
- Avoid posting personal details or anything that could be used to steal your identity.
- Assess your privacy settings on your social networking sites so that only friends can see your personal information.
Moving to a new flat or area
If you are moving out of student accommodation or moving to a new flat, check its security before moving in. When living with a group of friends there will always have to be compromises; just make sure it’s not on the security of the property.
- Get to know the area you are moving to. Speak to other students and check the crime statistics at www.police.uk
- Check the security of the property. Are the doors and windows secure? Does the property have an alarm? How many different people have keys? Read our home security pages for further advice.
- Find out if the property registered with an approved scheme or code of practice . This will ensure that it has the appropriate safety and security certifications such as fire precautions, gas appliance safety and appropriate locks.
- Don’t sign a contract until you are absolutely sure that the property is right for you
If you are being stalked, harassed or have been a victim of burglary or robbery and are in immediate danger, call us on 999.
You can also report by calling 101 or report it online.
More help and support
For further advice or recommendations, contact our Crime Prevention Advisors
Suzy Lamplugh Trust
National Stalking Helpline
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