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University partners with the local police and council to prevent students being a target for criminals

Students are being reminded not to leave valuable possessions in their homes over the summer period when they may not be there as part of an initiative between the University, the council and the local police.

With the end of term fast approaching, officers from Leicestershire Police are keen to ensure students remain safe and don’t become a target for criminals.

In addition, they are reminding students to celebrate safely and be mindful of their neighbours when they are out and about celebrating.

Officers will be patrolling throughout the town, along with community wardens from Loughborough University in key hot spot areas in the run up to the end of term.

PC Charlotte Dickens, Neighbourhood Officer for the University, said: “It’s been a great year and we don’t want to prevent students from celebrating their successes. However, we want them to respect their neighbours as they should throughout the year. As part of that we would expect them to leave their properties in a good condition as set out in their tenancy agreements.

“It’s also important for those who might be returning to that property for another year, to ensure they don’t leave valuable possessions behind. We would encourage them to take them home wherever possible and if not, to ensure they are not visible and have adequate insurance.”

Charnwood Borough Councillor Deborah Taylor, lead member for member for communities, safety and wellbeing and also Chair of the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership, said: “We want Loughborough to be a safe and happy place for all residents and therefore we would support the police advice to students to celebrate safely and look after their possessions.

“We also want our town to be clean and tidy, so we would ask students to make sure they recycle or dispose of their waste before leaving for the summer. We will once again run our annual end-of-year blitz on waste in student areas at the end of June.”

Jenny Ardley, Community Warden for Loughborough University added: “The University is pleased to be joining forces with the council and police to try and ensure that the end of term passes as smoothly as it can for both students and local residents.

“We want students to respect their neighbours as they celebrate the end of the exams and clear out their properties. Our messages of personal safety, security and respect for others are as important now as they are at the beginning of the year.”