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Your Guide to Staying Safe in Leeds

Keeping safe in Leeds is all about Sponsored by Spencer Properties Sponsored by

leeds met students’ union


brings together the police, universities, unions and council in Leeds, providing students with practical advice on safety and crime prevention.

Its aim is to debunk myths surrounding student crime in Leeds by empowering students to proactively tackle crime in their area. Knowledge is led by the Leeds Universities and Colleges Crime Reduction Partnership (LUCCRP) and works to make sure students get the right information and advice delivered in a way that is engaging and memorable. Moving away from home for the first time can be a daunting experience, particularly without the safety net of mum and dad. As parents, you are best placed to deliver the kind of common sense safety advice that your sons and daughters will need in the “real world�. This short handbook has easy to implement advice that your child can adopt to reduce the likelihood of them becoming a victim of crime.


Leeds Metropolitan Student’s Union The Leeds Met Student’s Union Advice Service offers free, independent and confidential advice and representation to students. Our professional advisers are employed directly by the Student Union to represent your interests – even if you are in dispute with the university.

Appointments @ Headingley Campus Student Hub Drop in sessions @ City Campus SU Drop In sessions are 15 minutes per person, on a first come first served basis. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

11am - 2.45pm 11am - 2.45pm 11am - 2.45pm 1pm - 2.45pm 11am - 2.45pm

Pre-bookable 20 minute slots are available to see a Student Union adviser at the Headingley Campus Student Hub on Mondays and Wednesdays (During term-time only).

Student Advice Service 1st Floor, Woodhouse Building, Calverley Street, Civic Quarter, Leeds, LS1 3HE T: 0113 812 8408 F: 0113 812 8432 E: suadvice@leedsmet.ac.uk


Ready for Uni? They’ve got these, now get them this... www.immobilise.com fo Immobilise is the world’s largest free property register. Anything with a bar code or a serial number (such as that all-important laptop or mobile phone) can be registered, and these items are then linked to the National Mobile Property Register (NMPR).

Headphones £40

Camera £100

This NMPR online checking service is used by all UK Police forces to trace owners of lost and stolen property. As a direct result of Immobilise, there are over 250 cases a week where property is returned. By actively promoting Immobilise, students can be reassured that – if they become victims of property theft – the police have an increased chance of recovering their property and catching the offenders.

iPod £150 Car Keys £10,000 Phone £200 Laptop £800


On keeping yourself and your property safe 1# Insurance

2# Think bike (lock)

Hopefully you won’t need to make an insurance claim whilst in Leeds, however taking out insurance may save a lot of hassle and pennies, just in case...

Knowledge and West Yorkshire Police recommend using a D-lock. Visit www.soldsecure.com to see if your lock has been tested and approved.

3# Shut up! Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

50% of student burglaries are caused by an open door or window.


4# Out of sight, out of mind Putting your valuables on display could easily tempt a passing burglar, whether you’ve got your IPod out, left your SatNav in the car, or have your laptop on the windowsill.

5# Bright idea Don’t make it obvious – keeping a lamp or radio on if you’re all out at night will deter burglars.

6# Taxi In general, if you’re taking a taxi, whether day or night, we recommend you ring and book in advance. When it arrives, ask the driver who they’re picking up rather than giving them your details first. When you use a taxi, always check that the meter is running when you get in to avoid any surprise costs.


7# Report it TELEPHONE

Across the country there is a lot of crime that goes unreported. Reporting minor incidents or even things that seem suspicious is incredibly useful for the police, and can allow them to commit greater resources to a particular area. For all non-emergencies, ring 101 or report it on the West Yorkshire Police website: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/report-crime. Remember, if something looks wrong, it probably is. If you see something suspicious, report it!

8# Safe as Houses There are loads of houses in Leeds so there’s no need to rush to find one. Take your time to make sure you find one with doors and windows of a good quality. Look for landlords that are Unipol affiliated for that added peace of mind.

9# Get involved! Knowledge promotes various volunteering opportunities, including joint initiatives between Knowledge and West Yorkshire Police, a Student Neighbourhood Watch scheme as well as one-off opportunities. A new initiative that we will be implementing is a volunteer-led drop-in service with the charity Victim Support for all students in Leeds who unfortunately become victims of crime. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, to help out other students, and is a fantastic asset to have on any CV. To volunteer on any of the Knowledge initiatives above, send an email to info@knowledge-leeds.co.uk.


Stay Safe in Leeds with Amber Cars If you have no money or find yourself in any kind of difficulty, you can pay for your car by providing our driver with your student card.

You will be asked to sign a docket and leave your student card with the driver. You can then retrieve your card from the students union and pay your fare with the union. This service is only available during the hours of darkness when no public transport is available.

For more information on Knowledge visit: www.knowledge-leeds.co.uk Twitter: @KnowledgeLeeds Facebook: Knowledge Leeds

Our Partners: Leeds College of Music. Leeds Met Students’ Union. Leeds Metropolitan University. Leeds Trinity Union. Leeds Trinity University. Leeds University Union. Safer Leeds. Spencer’s Properties. Unipol. University of Leeds. West Yorkshire Police.

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