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Stay Safe

In general Southampton is a pretty safe city.  There have, however, been a few incidents recently including sexual assaults on female students.  Therefore I just want to take this opportunity to remind you of some top tips for staying safe in the City.


Take the safe route home:


Always try to walk home with somebody else or in a group, try to avoid walking alone at night.

The Safety Bus runs from outside the Students’ Union every night from 20:00 until late and will take you home to your door for just £1.50.

We’ve just introduced the Student Taxi Scheme so if you’re in a vulnerable position or have lost your money you can get home safely with Radio Taxis and pay your fare later, find out more here.

If you are walking alone at night there’s a few steps you can take to make you a little safer.  Try not to use your mobile phone or ipod, or if you are avoid using both at them same time (you can’t really hear anything when you do that).  Try to take well lit, busy ways home rather than taking short cuts through dark, quiet areas.

Keep your valuables safe:

Unfortunately students homes can often be targets for burglaries.

Make sure your valuables such as laptops, ipods, printers and phones are kept out of sight and reach of windows and keep your windows and doors locked when there’s no one in your house.

When walking home, try not to display valuables like mobile phones, laptops or ipods.  If you are using them, try not to use them all at the same time as this can affect how aware you are of your surroundings and thiefs will be very tempted.

If you have a car in Southampton, make sure you don’t leave your valuables on display. Even seeing the sucker mark from a sat nav could tempt thiefs to break in to look for your sat nav so make sure you wipe this mark off your windscreen.

Report anything suspicious:

To the Police on 101 (if a non-emergency) if off campus or phone 999 in an emergency

You can contact University Security if you’re worried about something on campus on:  22811 or 023 8059 2811 or in an emergency you can call Security on 23311 or 023 8059 3311

If you are the subject of a safety or security incident there are a number of support services available at the University including the First Support Team who are a crisis service. You can find details of these services here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/edusupport/wellbeing.html.

The Advice Centre can also provide free and confidential advice on any issues and can be contacted on: 023 8059 2085 or advice@susu.org

Appeal for witnesses:

The Police are appealing for witnesses after a female student had her phone stolen by a robber on Granby Grove at around 9pm on Tuesday 6th March, following the incident the robber ran in the direction of Hartley Avenue.

If you think you saw where the robber may have gone after this incident or have any information about this incident, please contact DC Thomas at Bitterne OIC on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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4 Comments on "Stay Safe"

  1. Beckie
    Christopher Gutteridge
    10/03/2012 at 6:26 am Permalink

    If someone’s lost their entire wallet, they won’t have a student card to use with the Rado Taxi scheme. (Obviously, the best solution is to be with a bunch of people you know).

  2. Beckie
    Frankie
    14/03/2012 at 10:57 am Permalink

    Hi Christopher

    Thanks for your comment.

    I appreciate that some peope will keep their student ID in their wallet, however lots of people do keep their ID separate. We need the student ID as a security thing really to avoid the system being abused by, for example, non-students.

    Yes, being with a group of people you know is ideal, however sometimes people might lose their friends or become separated from them so this scheme is for use in emergencies for when you’ve lost your money, your friends or if you’re in a vulnerable situation.

    I hope this makes sense.

    Thanks again for your comment.

  3. Beckie
    Ella
    15/03/2012 at 1:34 pm Permalink

    I only heard about this taxi scheme after reading the BBC news coverage on the recent sexual assaults in the city.
    Student safety/ the taxi scheme and the safety bus needs to be better advertised. Perhaps an email to all students living in Southampton is needed?

    It’s concerning how quiet the university is being about the attacks.

  4. Beckie
    Niamh
    15/03/2012 at 3:56 pm Permalink

    Hi Frankie,

    Is there any way of making more students aware of these facilities? Also, in reference to Christopher above, he raises a good point that sometimes you don’t have your card on you. To reinforce what you say in your article, is there a possibility of talks or seminars on safety – how to be safe, how to avoid being a victim, what to do if you’re being followed, what to do if you are attacked… pure self defense theory to know what to do when you are on your own and vulnerable, so that you do not become a victim. Leaflets, maybe? Or an emailed questionnaire… At the very least, people should be aware of what their options are, and know that simply shouting and creating a lot of noise can save you.

    Thanks,
    Niamh

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