Freshers’ Fortnight kicks off on 26 September
and we want to ensure that new students starting university in the
county have a safe and enjoyable fortnight.
Officers will have a visible presence in the
student hotspots of Bedford and Luton during the University of
Bedfordshire’s Freshers’ Fayres and the multitude of night-time
activities planned for new and returning academics.
Students are encouraged to approach officers
for help and advice, and to follow @bedspolice, @uniofbeds and the hashtag
for daily tips and helpful messages.
Have fun while staying safe - Our Top Tips
To help ensure you remain safe as you begin a new term at
university, please take note of the following advice:
- Try to avoid walking home alone at night. Wherever possible,
use public transport and travel with friends. Never accept a lift
from someone you don't know.
- Don't walk along talking on your mobile phone. You may not be
fully aware of what is going on around you.
- When going out, only take with you the money you need for the
night, and keep your wallet or purse somewhere safe.
- Don't accept drinks from strangers and never leave your drink
- Never share access codes for halls of residence with anyone who
is not a resident of your house, flat or halls of residence.
- Always lock doors and windows before you leave your halls or
student house, and leave valuables well out of sight.
- Remember that if someone is incapacitated due to drink or
drugs, they are not capable of consenting to sexual activity. If
you pursue it, you are committing a crime. Find out more here.
- Seek advice and report incidents of domestic abuse to police if
you feel you are being degraded, humiliated, belittled or mentally,
physically or verbally abused by a partner while at university.
Find out more
- If you feel at risk from radicalisation or know of someone who
may be vulnerable to becoming involved in extremism or terrorism,
seek advice from the Let’s Talk About website.