Student Safety

 

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 #FreshBeds15 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 unattended.
  • 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 here.
  • 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.