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Student ambassadors will be joining police as they go out on patrol in burglary hotspots. About 20 students from The University of Nottingham will be teaming up with officers from Canning Circus Police Station on Thursday 9 February 2012.

The initiative is part of ongoing work to combat the number of burglaries, thefts and other crimes in the city, particularly areas that are highly populated by students.

During the patrols, which are due to take place between 4pm and 7pm, the volunteers will accompany officers as they walk round Lenton and Radford areas, handing out crime prevention advice to residents.

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Inspector Rob Wilson, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Canning Circus, said: “We have teamed up with student ambassadors in previous years and it has proved to be very successful.

“They accompany our officers on patrol and help share crime prevention advice with their peers, helping to keep fellow students safe. It’s a great way to ensure that students are clued-up on what they can do to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime and their property from being stolen.”

Melanie Futer, Off-Campus Student Affairs Manager at The University of Nottingham, said: "The fact is that burglary in Nottingham has decreased, but there is still more to be done and we're very hopeful that we can spread the crime prevention message further by working closely with students and the police."

Crime prevention tips

Students and all residents can help protect their property and themselves by following simple crime prevention advice:

  • people can register electrical items, including mobiles phones and computers, on the Immobilise crime property database. By doing this it can help police reunite stolen items with their owner. For information about the free service and to register visit www.immobilise.com or www.nottinghamshire.police.uk 
  • a form of software called LoJack for Laptops can also be downloaded onto laptops. This is free, cannot be deleted and can help officers locate stolen computers
  • the Find my iPhone app for iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch, along with the Find my Phone applications for android mobiles, can also be downloaded and can assist officers in locating stolen property
  • people are advised to keep valuables out of sight, not to walk home alone after a night out and to use well lit routes.

Police also work closely with The University of Nottingham on crime prevention advice for students, which can be found at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/currentstudents/yourcommunity/crimeprevention.aspx

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Story credits

More information is available from Melanie Futer at melanie.futer@nottingham.ac.uk
Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

Email: harry.waddle@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 823 2353 Location: University Park

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