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Your safety on campus

Find out more about how we're keeping you safe while you're on campus, and what you can do to help

Moving to university comes with new independence. We want you to enjoy your time with us, but also stay safe on campus and in the city.

You're supported 24/7 by our Campus Security and Surveillance Team. You can call them at any time if you find yourself in an emergency situation. You'll also get CCTV protection in most University buildings and halls. Our CCTV is monitored throughout the day by Security Officers in our Control Room.

Keeping you and your property safe is the main goal of our campus Security and Surveillance Team. We run events throughout the year to help you protect your property and provide secure bike storage if you need it. We also have a dedicated Police Liaison Officer should you need to share concerns. 

Campus Security and Surveillance Team

The Security and Surveillance Team aims to provide you with a safe and secure environment to live and study in. They are your main contact for emergencies on campus. The team is available 24 hours a day, throughout the year, for emergencies and non-emergency queries.

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Emergencies on campus

We recommend adding the Campus Emergency number – +44 (0)23 9284 3333 – to your phone right away.

Once it's saved in your contacts, you can quickly call our Security and Surveillance team, any time of day, in the event of an emergency:


Reporting non-emergency situations on campus

You can contact our security officers in a non-emergency situation by calling our control room team. Our security officers also attend events and respond to calls.

Control room team

Our main control room is staffed 24 hours a day by security officers who are a contact point for students, staff, visitors and the public.

The Central Alarm Monitoring System (CAMS) is also in the control room. It monitors fire, intruders, personal attacks, the lift system and environmental activation from alarm systems across campus 24/7. 

Everyday security and safety on campus

Our Security and Surveillance Team has measures in place to make sure you're studying in a safe environment.


For your safety, there's prominent CCTV across campus. You'll find it in most of our buildings – including halls – and it's monitored by a team of Security Officers from the control room.

ID Cards

You'll get an ID card when you start uni. Most student and staff cards will only work in University buildings during certain hours. Cardholders with out-of-hours access are approved by the Security and Surveillance Team.

Emergencies off campus

If you need immediate medical advice and guidance, but you're not in a life-threatening emergency that requires an ambulance, call 111.

If you're in an emergency off campus, call the Emergency Services on 999 and ask for the ambulance, fire or police.

University Police Liaison Officer

PC Dave Fairbrother can advise you on crime awareness and prevention while you live in Portsmouth. He'll also support you if you're the victim of a crime.

Call him on +44 (0)23 9284 5989 or email He's also available for a drop-in session every Thursday between 12pm  1pm at the University Library coffee shop. PSCO Wendy Clark also acts as our PCSO University Liason Officer.

My main role as the Police University Liaison Officer to the University is to support and reassure students and staff around University Campus. I can assist with any concerns you may have.

Dave Fairbrother, University Police Liaison Officer

Tips for staying safe at university

Use our advice to stay safe in halls, across campus and around the city, and remember to report anything suspicious or unusual to the Safety and Surveillance team. Always follow University notices and signs. 

Stay safe in your halls

  • Close and lock your doors and windows
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance
  • Don't allow strangers into your hall or house

Stay safe on campus

  • Don't leave valuable items on show
  • Mark and record your property
  • Lock your bicycle using a D lock and use cycle storage where possible

Stay safe in the city

  • Walk home safely in a group and on well-lit, busy routes
  • Carry a personal attack alarm, especially if you're out at night
  • Plan in advance how you're going to get home from an evening out
  • Use well-marked licensed taxis and make a note of the number plate and licence number

Student Watch

Student Watch is a programme that aims to improve student safety awareness and community relations.

A joint initiative with the Hampshire Constabulary, it's open to all University of Portsmouth students as a volunteering opportunity and is a great way to network and build your CV.

Volunteers are a point of contact for students with safety concerns, and they are supported by PC Fairbrother and PCSO Wendy Clark. Being a good neighbour, marking your property, fire safety advice, street sense and protecting your home are other issues tackled by Student Watch.


Preventing property theft

When you study and live in a busy city, it's essential not to leave your property or possessions unattended. Keep them with you or lock them out of sight. 

You can register your property and get a property marking kit from Immobilise, the UK National Property Register. Mark your property before starting uni to make sure your possessions are protected from the day you arrive.


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Preventing bike theft    

Cycling is a great way to get around our city campus and we have more than 1,500 cycle hoops and racks across campus, including 4 cycle cages that require a student or staff ID to enter. These cycle cages are located at Mercantile, Eldon, Burnaby car park & Harry Law car park and you can email to get access to these applied to your student card.

Bike storage

All our halls of residence have secure bicycle storage, but bike security should be considered if you're renting privately. Wherever you're living, take out insurance cover on your bike, as halls insurance doesn't cover cycles.

No matter where you park your bike, make sure to use 2 locks, including a D-lock. Lock the frame and wheels to the stand. Make sure the stand is immovable and that your bike can't be lifted and carried off.

Bike registry

You can get your bike marked and registered to the National Cycle Database at our free bicycle events throughout the year.

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