This article explains what you can do to prevent the theft of your belongings.


General advice:

  • Never leave personal possessions unattended. Take them with you or lock them out of sight. Be particularly careful when working on a computer or studying in the library.
  • Do not withdraw more money than you need. When using a cash machine make sure you are not being overlooked when entering your PIN number.
  • When entering any building with a secure entry system, be aware of people trying to follow you through.
  • If you are in doubt or you are sure that someone has followed you through, please contact the security on 3333 immediately.
  • Register all your valuable property online at Immobilise.


Crime awareness top tips:

  • Close and lock your doors and windows
  • Do not leave valuable items on show
  • Mark and record your property
  • Disguise your laptop, perhaps by using a plastic bag and always backup your work
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance
  • Never leave drinks unattended
  • Do not allow strangers into your hall or house
  • Walk home safely in a group and on well-lit, busy routes
  • Be observant when using mobile phones in public
  • Report anything suspicious or unusual
  • Carry a personal attack alarm, especially if you are out at night
  • Lock your bicycle using a D-lock and use cycle storage where possible
  • Plan in advance how you are going to get home from an evening out
  • Use well marked licensed taxis and make a note of the number
  • Avoid “letter burglaries”; never hand or leave your keys anywhere near your letterbox or windows
  • Don’t label your keys with your address; mark your keys using your name and contact number. If found, do not give out your address and ask for them to be taken to a police station for you to collect
  • Keep strangers at your door and always ask for identification
  • If you are going away for a longer period of time, do not let mail collect by your door; ask a friend to move it or consider Royal Mail’s ‘KeepSafe’ service
  • If you live in halls, don’t allow strangers to tailgate behind you on entry to the building. If you are suspicious of anyone, call security on 3333.

If you want to find out how to keep your bike safe, familiarise yourself with the cycle safety article in the related articles box below.



If you see someone behaving suspiciously in your area, report it to the police.

If you become a victim of crime, report to the Police or University Security immediately:

  • Off campus call 999
  • On campus call +44(0)23 9284 3333 (3333 on internal phones)
  • Non-urgent reports can be made to any police station or by calling 101

PC Clare Parry is available for advice - contact details available here.