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University shares key safety messages for new academic year

The University will be continuing to work with Leicestershire Police and Charnwood Borough Council to help new and returning students have a safe and crime-free time during their studies.

All three organisations will be working together to deliver these key messages:

  • Look after yourself
  • Look after your stuff
  • Think of the neighbours

New students will start to arrive on campus from Tuesday 28 September onwards. Members of the University police team together with Security staff will be delivering crime prevention and personal safety talks at each halls of residence.

They will also be present at Loughborough Students’ Union annual bazaar to give crime prevention advice with a particular focus on cycle theft and burglary. Student safety cards will also be designed and given to all new students. 

This year, all three organisations are taking part in Operation Lexical which is set to run in several phases across the academic year. The operation which begins in Freshers’ Week will concentrate on prevention and detection of crime and community reassurance.

In October, a comprehensive door knocking campaign will begin in areas of town with high student population. This is to encourage students to think about the security of their property and what it takes to be a good neighbour.

The police team will be posting crime prevention advice on their Facebook page and Twitter (@LboroUniPolice) to offer help and support to new and returning students. The Student Street Support Scheme will also be in operation for another year running to provide reassurance to both students and local residents.

Head of Security at Loughborough University, Geoff Feavyour, said: “Recent reports have highlighted that Loughborough is a safe place for students and this is good news. Nevertheless it is important that we take steps in the early part of term to provide appropriate advice and guidance to both our new and returning students about the simple steps they can take to ensure they stay safe and how they can protect their property.”

Inspector Dwight Barker, Commander for Loughborough Police, said: “We have strong links with our partners and I am delighted to continue the work of my predecessors as we start the new academic year with our new operation. I am confident that with the plans we have in place we will be able to reduce crime and help students understand how they can prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime.”

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Charnwood Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Cohesion, said: “We want students to enjoy their time at Loughborough and be a part of the community. Working with our partners on this campaign, we are offering some friendly advice to students about how to look after yourself, your belongings and be a good neighbour. “We all have a role to play in making Loughborough a great place to live, learn, work and visit.”

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