Crime levels in Yorkshire are half those of London, but personal safety is not something you should ignore. A sensible approach will make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time at university.
Here’s some guidance you might find helpful:
- Walk on well-lit routes you know well, with other people if at all possible. If it’s not, always let your house or course mates know where you are or are planning to go.
- Always be alert to your surroundings and appear confident to passers-by.
- At night, use buses or reputable taxi services to keep safe.
- Don’t carry too much cash or valuable items in your wallet or bag. Also, never leave these items unattended or so other people can see them in your accommodation.
- Mark your belongings with a security ultraviolet pen.
- If someone does try to take your belongings – give them away and don’t put up a fight. Your safety is more important than your belongings.
- Lock your doors and close windows when you’re not in your room. Don’t let anyone into your accommodation, if you don’t know who they are.
- If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave and move on to where there are more people. If you are outdoors and you feel uncomfortable, you may find it useful to carry a personal attack alarm, available from student union shops.
- Report suspicious or abusive behaviour to the police or your university.
In an emergency you can call ‘999’ on your phone, which will connect you to the emergency services (a choice of the police, ambulance and fire services). If necessary, they’ll send someone to you within minutes.
For more information please see the British Council booklet.