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North Yorkshire Students Warned To Be On Their Guard


6:01am 22nd September 2013

Students from North Yorkshire and the East Riding who are starting college are being warned to be on their guard against thieves.

North Yorkshire Police say there are more burglaries from student accommodation that is left unsecure.

From North Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy has this advice:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council are also giving students setting off to college and university for the first time, advice.

The advice is from East Riding of Yorkshire Council which has added a section on crime prevention for students on its website: www.eastriding.gov.uk and click on crime and community safety.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “This isn‘t about taking the shine off their excitement but it is about making sure they are more alert.

“For many of these young people it will be their first time away from the security of their home. We do not want them to learn the hard way that their new residence is not as safe and sound as their own bedroom back at home.

“Thieves know that student houses and halls of residence can make good targets as they will contain a lot of new and valuable equipment, like laptops, computers, mobile phones and Xbox.”

The advice includes not letting people in the main entrance doors if you do not know them, getting home contents insurance which can be as simple as extending the parents' home insurance policy for no extra cost.

Student areas and properties are particular targets for holiday-time burglary. During Christmas and summer holidays, when the residence is likely to be empty, install additional security, such as a timer on the lights.

If property is stolen, the police have a better chance of finding it and returning it if it has been marked with an ultra violet pen. Students who live or attend in the East Riding can obtain a free pen by emailing safe.communities@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk with their name and address.

Humberside Police also advise that personal items are registered on the free property marking database, www.immobilise.com. Lost or stolen items can be more easily returned if they have been featured on the site. 

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