Working together to beat burglary

Working together to beat burglary
28 Jan 2010 17:54:17.060

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University of Nottingham students are teaming up with the police to spread crime-prevention advice among students living off-campus.

Student ambassadors together with local police officers are taking part in a special day of action on October 14, knocking on doors in Lenton and spreading the word on how to beat burglars.

Targeting areas where large numbers of University of Nottingham students live, they will be passing on simple advice to make sure fewer fall victim to burglary: such as closing all windows and locking all doors before going out, putting all laptops and valuables out of sight, and using the free services available to mark their property so that it can be traced.

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Melanie Futer, Manager, Off-Campus Student Affairs, said: “Most burglars are opportunists, and a third of burglaries occurring in the Lenton area are through insecurities left by residents - such as open doors and windows.

"€œWe"€™re hoping that by offering some simple advice, we can help more students to take responsibility for their possessions and make sure they don"€™t give burglars any chances.

"€œThe fact is that burglary in Nottinghamshire has decreased by 43 per cent since 2003 and overall crime in the county is at its lowest since 1989 "€” 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 with the police."€

To that end, Notts Police have obtained more than 4,000 licenses for Computrace "€” a new security device for laptops, which they will be distributing free in Lenton and other areas of Nottingham City.

Computrace is software that is installed on the laptop. If it is subsequently stolen, the software is activated, recording the location of the laptop and enabling police to trace it.

Students are being offered a free sign-up to Computrace after the day of action, on October 15-16, at All Soul"€™s Community Centre on Ilkeston Road. The licence lasts for two years, after which it lapses without charge to the owner of the laptop.

More information on crime prevention is available at

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation "€” School of Pharmacy).

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for four years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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