Students from The University of Nottingham are to once again work with police to reduce burglary in the city as part of the ‘Love your stuff’ campaign.
On Monday October 10 student ambassadors will join local police officers to provide simple crime prevention advice to students living off-campus.
By knocking on doors in areas with a large population of students, the ambassadors will encourage their peers to: close all windows and lock all doors before going out, put all laptops and valuables out of sight and use the free services available to mark property so that it can be traced.
Students will also receive free door-hangers which have proved to be a useful reminder of the crime prevention advice given out in the past.
Melanie Futer, Off-Campus Student Affairs Manager, said: “The fact is that burglary in Nottinghamshire 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.
“We’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.”
To that end, Nottinghamshire police, along with other police forces across the country are promoting immobilize; a free database allowing people to register their valuables online. In the event that the registered item is stolen, immobilize aides in notifying law enforcement, your insurer, and the second-hand trade and thus assists in recovering your property and catching the thief.
This is the fourth year that the ‘Love Your Stuff’ crime prevention campaign has taken place, coinciding with an overall reduction in crime across Nottingham. According to Inspector Anwaar Ahmed, from Canning Circus Police Station, it is projects like these which have helped the police to improve the figures.
He said: “The fall in crime is the result of good police operations targeting prolific criminals, excellent partnership work in increasing crime prevention among students and the presence of Neighbourhood Policing teams in communities across Nottingham.”
More information on crime prevention is available at www.easily-done.co.uk, or find out more about the ‘Love your stuff’ campaign at www.nottingham.ac.uk/yourcommunity — Ends —
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