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Recent robbery offences

Further to a recent increase of robberies (muggings) of students in the locality of the University, the Police have issued us with the following advice on keeping safe:

  • If you have to walk alone at night take extra care. Stay on roads that are well lit and relatively busy
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Avoid short cuts that involve alleyways or walking across parks or commons unless they are well-lit
  • If you're carrying a bag, try to have it across your chest and keep your hand over the fastening
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to what's going on around you
  • Be careful with your electronics; talking on a mobile phone, listening to an MP3 player or carrying a laptop bag shows thieves that you have something to steal
  • Don't carry important documents or credit cards that you do not need
  • Only take your wallet out when you need to
  • If you think you are being followed, cross the road or go into a shop and stay there until you're sure you're safe

Be aware and keep your possessions safe:

  • Never leave your bags or other valuables unattended in public places
  • Be discreet with your belongings; displaying expensive jewellery or electronic devices, like mobile phones or cameras, could attract unwanted attention
  • The most common item stolen in a robbery is a mobile phone, so make sure you keep your phone safe. If you’re not making a call, keep your phone hidden away. Keep it in one of your front pockets or inside a bag 
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For further advice please visit: www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/robbery-and-theft

If you see suspicious activity, please contact West Midlands Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

 

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