'Love Your New Stuff' - and beat the burglars

23 Jan 2009 10:27:00.000


The University of Nottingham is working with Notts Police on a new crime prevention drive to help beat burglary in Lenton.


‘Love Your New Stuff’ encourages students to look after new gadgets and gifts received during the Christmas break that they have brought back to Nottingham with them for the new term.


It builds on a campaign begun in October 2008, and urges students living in Lenton and other parts of the city to follow simple crime prevention advice. The University’s Off-Campus Student Affairs Manager has developed the campaign in co-operation with local police.

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On Tuesday, January 27, groups of Student Ambassadors and police officers will be going around Lenton to reinforce the crime prevention message, speaking to residents on the doorstep to pass on helpful crime prevention tips.


Students will be encouraged to get Computrace laptop tracking software installed on their laptops at the Canning Circus police station, a service which is available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. This programme allows the police to detect the location of the laptop which it has been installed on. Notts Police have obtained more than 4,000 licenses for Computrace.


All the information is on postcards to be given to students and permanent residents as the groups of Student Ambassadors and police officers go around Lenton, knocking on each door and engaging the community in conversation.  Key rings promoting www.easily-done.co.uk website will also be given out.


Inspector Dave Bola of Notts Police, Local Area Commander for Canning Circus, said: “Most burglars are opportunists — a third of burglaries in the Lenton area occur due to basic insecurities such as windows left open.


“We’re encouraging all residents to take the message of the latest campaign onboard and just take a few minutes each day to follow simple crime prevention advice, like always locking doors and closing windows. More information is available on web at www.easily-done.co.uk, which contains extensive safety and security advice.”


Melanie Futer, Off-Campus Student Affairs Manager for The University of Nottingham, said: “Students are often targeted because of the high number of valuable goods they and the rest of their housemates possess. Since many students return from holidays with new high valuable items, this campaign aims to highlight the importance of marking one’s property and taking other simple steps to beat burglary.”


Safety and security advice

Make sure you don’t give burglars any chances. Before you go out:

•    Close all your windows

•    Make sure you lock all doors

•    Put your laptop and valuables out of sight

•    Close your curtains so thieves can’t look into your room

•    Smart Water your valuable possessions

•    See www.easily-done.co.uk for more details


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Notes to editors:


General Crime Facts

Crime in Nottingham has fallen to levels not seen for many years. Against national trends in other metropolitan cities, Nottingham is a safer place to be. A few facts about fighting crime in Nottingham:

•    Crime in Nottinghamshire is at its lowest since 1989.

•    Since 2003, there have been 36,000 FEWER victims of crime — a reduction of over 28%.

•    Burglary in Notts has decreased by 43% since 2003 — at least 14,406 FEWER victims.

•    Burglary in the first semester of 2008/2009 decreased by 50% compared to 2007/2008.


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More information is available from Melanie Futer or Ilze Skujina on 0115 9514649, melanie.futer@nottingham.ac.uk

Tim Utton

Tim Utton - Deputy Director of Communications

Email: tim.utton@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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