For many students this may be the first time you are away from home and there is a lot for you to think about. Cumbria is a great place to live and study to help you to enjoy what Cumbria has to offer we have some safety advice to protect you and your stuff.
Looking after yourself
Staying safe online:
• Be careful who you accept as a friend or who you let into your chat areas
• Think carefully about the information you share eg photos, phone numbers etc...
• Think through who you want to chat to and what you want to share with people, once the information is online it could be there forever
• Use your privacy settings, set this up so that you and your approved friends can chat, this will stop people you don’t know bothering you
• Look out for Social Networks changing their security defaults - make sure you are always happy with your settings
Select here for more detailed advice about web safety includes video clip 'Privacy Generations' that demonstrates the vastness of information out there.
On a night out:
• Plan your night out, let someone know where you are going and when you will be home.
• Carry a charged mobile phone and put a trusted taxi number in your contacts.
• Never accept a drink from someone you don't know or don't trust.
• Keep your drink with you at all times, if it looks or tastes suspicious don't drink it.
• Watch out for your friends & make sure they get home safely.
• Don't walk alone after dark - plan ahead.
• Avoid taking short cuts, keep to well-lit main streets.
• Never accept lifts from strangers or unregistered taxis.
• Drink responsibly; bing drinking makes you more vulnerable.
Select here to view pdf of these Tips.
Keys, money, phone, plans to get home.
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Don’t put up with people treating you badly when you are in a relationship, for information and advice visit: www.direct.gov.uk/thisisabuse
Alcohol and Drugs:
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Looking after your stuff
Make sure you keep your ipod, mobile, mp3 players, laptops and other possessions safe and protect them from thieves:
• Leave valuables at home if possible
• Keep your items in a safe place, preferably in a zipped up pocket or bag
• Don’t leave your stuff unattended even for a short time
• When using your mobile or mp3 player when out, don’t be distracted always remain aware of what is going on around you and who could be watching you
Living away from home:
This may be the first time you are living away from, there can be a lot to remember so please follow the advice below to keep your possessions safe. Burglars love an easy life and think students don’t bother about security. Half of all student burglaries happen with no force needed to get in.
• In shared accommodation, look after each other - keep the outer doors locked and check who you let in or who follows you in. Challenge anyone you don’t know.
• Lock doors & windows before you go out.
• Fit burglar alarms & good outside security lighting, check regularly to ensure they work.
• Remove keys from locks & keep out of reach of windows & doors.
• Ensure your house is secure - prevent someone entering when you are busy elsewhere in the house or garden.
• Ensure side gates & sheds are locked.
• Keep gifts, cash & valuables safe & well hidden, so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves.
• Postcode your valuables with a UV pen. It makes it easier to get it back to you.
• Leave a light on in a room & draw curtains when you go out at night.
• Look out for your neighbour’s property.
• Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
• Cancel newspapers, milk etc when you go on holiday.
• Make sure callers to your home are genuine, always ask for ID.
• Don't forget about insurance - make sure your important things are covered.
• Careful what you put in the bin - Your rubbish could be worth a lot in the wrong hands! Shred it.
Get clued up on avoiding Identity Theft by clicking here.
Car and driving safety:
• Don't use your mobile whilst driving. Keep your hands on the wheel and your attention on the road.
• If you're tired and drowsy don't drive - your response time will suffer. If you feel yourself getting drowsy pull off into a safe area and rest.
• Don't drink and drive. Alcohol in your system can alter your perception when driving - it's not worth it.
• If you have children, pets, or even crazy friends in the car with you, keep them in check. Anything that takes a driver's attention away from the road has the potential to be lethal and incredibly dangerous.
• Watch your speed, limits are set for a reason to protect you and others. They are not there to be ignored or beaten.
• Remember to alter your speed in different weather/driving conditions - your stopping distances will change. You might think you're totally in control driving at speed, but if you're put to the test it might be the last test you ever take.
• Keep alert - Things on the road can change in an instant and you need to be ready to deal. Daydreaming, eating, tuning your radio, etc... will all distract you and anything could happen in them seconds - another driver crosses your path, a child runs into the road, etc... Keep alert, be aware.
If you're still not convinced by these brief bullet points just have a look at some of the content on the Brake site below highlighting real people's experiences and stories of how un-safe driving has completely changed their lives or has been responsible for taking away the people that mattered most to them. Select here to go straight to victim videos and stories.
Select here for further road and vehicle advice including how to check your tyre pressures and an award winning advert about the importance of wearing a seatbelt.
Select below to view 'Pass, Don't Crash' Video made by students of Brampton's William Howard School.
Safer Schools Officer at uni or college or NPT Officer by calling 0845 33 00 247
NUS, information and advice from the student union: http://www.nus.org.uk/
University of Cumbria: www.cumbria.ac.uk
Guide from the Home Office
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Report a crime
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non-emergency number: 0845 33 00 247
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