Secure your valuables
Avoid considerable disruption to your studies and your day-to day life:
- Security-mark equipment - this makes it less attractive to thieves and more readily traced by the police. Security marking pens can be purchased from Amazon. Use them to mark your valuables with your house name/number and postcode.
- register your valuables with Immobilise.
- use security cable kits to secure computers, printers and so on to the desk.
- always back up your work and store your information in a secure place.
- when leaving a room at the end of the day, particularly an office on the ground floor: ensure windows are securely locked and close blinds
- move all portable items out of reach.
- never leave your room unlocked when unattended… even for one minute!
- when in the University Library, please keep valuable possessions with you or leave them with someone you know you can trust. Thieves may seek public areas where students may leave belongings behind whilst taking a break. Report suspicious activity to Library staff at the nearest desk, University Security [0118 378 6300] or Police .
Keeping your bicycle secure
- use one of the dedicated areas with bike locking points
- lock the frame of your bike to the locking point and whenever possible include the wheel(s), particularly if they are quick release, or take them with you
- never leave your bike unattended overnight unless in secure storage
- record make, model and serial number and any other unique identifying features
- enquire at Security or your local Police Station whether it is possible to have your bike frame marked with your postcode followed by your house number
- take out insurance cover
- register your bike on the national database, at Immobilise - this is the database that the Police will check in the event of any bikes being stolen and then recovered
- Keep up to date with all the latest news on our Cycling to the University pages.
Keeping your car secure
Reading has excellent transport links, and we encourage student and staff to use those over driving wherever possible. However, if driving is your only option, you can reduce the risk of your vehicle being broken into by following these simple steps:
- always lock your car
- never leave any items on display
- remove all valuable items from your car
- remove all Sat Nav equipment, including the holder
- do not leave your car on campus overnight
- always use any security devices fitted to your car.