Crime and Safety

 

Crime & Safety Campaigns 2016/17

At Your Students' Union, we provide a number of services, projects and campaigns to help you stay safe in Sheffield. This year we are working in partnership with the University of Sheffield and their Students' Union, the Sheffield College, Sheffield International College and South Yorkshire Police on several city-wide campaigns. One of these is the Crime Reduction Campaign, a volunteer ran project promoting crime awareness across campus! Take a look below at the projects we work on to help you stay safe in Sheffield!

Your Welfare and Community Officer, Davey Silver, also works closely with South Yorkshire Police on issues that affect students' safety. Take a look at the Crime Map to see crimes in your area.

Follow our Twitter profile, @shsucrimeaware, check out our blog or @syptweet for useful updates and advice.

Burglaries

Although cases of student burglary have actually been reduced in recent years in Sheffield, students are still a tempting target for burglars. Students often have a number of high value items such as iPads, mobile phones and laptops and security provision such as burglar alarms and security lights are not common. With all that coming and going of housemates, doors and windows are easily left unlocked or open.



Here are some simple tips to ensure your propery is less at risk;

  • Always lock your doors even when you're at home. Remove the keys from the lock and put them out of sight. Lock your windows whenever you leave the room
  • Be sure that valuables such as TVs and laptops are out of view from doors, windows and letterboxes
  • Make sure you use your burglar alarm if you have one. Check that it is working properly and report it to your landlord if it isn't
  • Make sure that your property is well maintained and looks occupied. Burglars are more likely to target a property that looks empty, so leave a light on when you leave the house at night or invest in a light-timer for use during holidays
  • Get your valuables logged for free at Immobilise.com. If they're recovered by police, you could get them back!

 

Phone Theft 

In recent years, there has been an increase in the theft of mobile phones and other electronic devices. Thieves often target busy bars and clubs, where it's easy to distract people.

Here are some simple tips to ensure you're less likely to be a target;

  • Don't leave your phone visible when out in public - never leave it out on a table or desk as it could be stolen very easily
  • If you keep your phone in your bag, make sure it is fastened at all times always and keep it with you - whether you're on the bus, train, or out in public never leave your belongings unattended
  • Download a free phone tracking app, these are available for most smart phones and devices and can help you find your device if it is lost or stolen
  • Make sure you use a PIN code to lock your keypad - this is the simplest way to protect your device and information if it does get stolen
  • Get your phone logged for free with Immobilise.com - if it is stolen and recovered by police, this could help you get it back

For more useful tips on staying safe, follow @SHSUCrimeAware and check out the blog below.