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Police give students crime reduction lesson

Release Date 27 September 2006

University of Reading students will start the new academic year with a lesson in crime reduction and personal safety. Crime Reduction Advisor John McNicholas will be visiting the university on Friday 6 October to dish out advice while the University PCSOs will be on hand during Freshers' Week with key tips and information. Students will receive crime prevention literature and advice and will have the chance to have their property marked by ultra-violet pens and hologram labels. Bikes can also be security marked and checked they are safe for use. Mr McNicholas said: "Reading is a fantastic place to come and study and we want the students to really enjoy their time here and not give opportunist criminals easy pickings. "Nine times out of 10 coming to university is the first time these youngsters have flown the nest. They tend to think they are streetwise, but often they are not and it is a rude awakening when they become a victim of crime. "We are not trying to frighten the new students, it is simply about making them more aware. "We want them to mark their property, to keep their rooms and houses secure and to follow a few simple steps to reduce their chances of becoming robbery victims. John's Stay Safe tips: • Think through your route before you leave – avoid poorly lit and isolated areas. • Personal attack alarms are cheap, reassuring and effective. • When out and about, where possible keep to well lit busy areas, avoiding short cuts through dark secluded places. • Accept the offer of company from a relation or friend. • Stay alert to your surroundings and avoid wearing earphones. • If you hear footsteps behind you, turn and look. This may deter a potential attacker if they know they have been seen. • If you feel you have been followed, cross the road or change direction towards a busy place or building to summon help. • Walk towards on-coming traffic and don't approach an unknown vehicle if it stops near you. • Always ensure that there is someone who knows where you are. • Try to have somebody to meet you. • Have your door keys ready to open your door when you get home. More crime reduction advice for students can be found on the Force website at Thames Valley Police Ends Contact Adam Fisher, Thames Valley Police, for more information

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