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Crime Prevention Advice

With the new session now started, I am writing to offer new students and new members of staff advice given previously on personal security. Below is information from the Crime Prevention Section of the Camden Borough Police.  Some of the advice is quite basic and common sense, but I hope that overall it will be helpful. 

Members of staff are reminded that UCL ID cards must be carried, and should ideally be worn, at all times whilst on UCL premises.  Use or display of these cards is now required for access to a number of UCL buildings.  In addition, security staff may ask for ID cards to be produced by people on UCL premises. 

Members of staff should report the presence of unauthorised persons on UCL premises and any suspicious occurrence or findings immediately to UCL Security so that it can be investigated and a record can be maintained, the matter reported to the police and any other action taken as appropriate (phone 020 7679 2108 or 020 7679 3333, or internal extension 32108 or 33333). In an emergency, you can dial 222 from any UCL phone. Further information on security can be found on the UCL Security website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/estates/security.

Rex Knight
Vice-Provost (Operations)
University College London
Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1650
(Internal extension 41650)
M: +44 (0)7765 222317
E: rex.knight@ucl.ac.uk

Staying Safe @ UCL

  • Carry the minimum amount of personal valuables with you and ensure they are secured safely at all times.
  • Beware of the opportunist thief and never leave bags, wallets, mobile phones, laptops and other small valuables unattended.
  • If possible try to use cash machines during the day and put your cash and card away as quickly as possible.  When possible try to use the Campus cash machines. 
  • When on a night out, never leave your drink unattended. This may increase the possibility of your drink being spiked.
  • Never accept a lift from a stranger.
  • Think ahead and plan your journey, avoiding deserted areas.
  • Try to avoid walking alone at night, and keep to well-lit main roads where possible. 
  • Try to avoid wearing headphones - your ability to hear traffic, strangers or potential trouble is severely restricted.
  • Consider Carrying a Personal Panic alarm. You can purchase these at the main campus shops or contact UCL Security Services or local Police for advice on where to purchase one. Make sure it is easily accessible e.g. pocket and not in a bag.
  • When travelling home alone at night by bus, always remain at a well lit bus stop.
  • If travelling by train or tube try to avoid sitting in an empty carriage.
  • If travelling by taxi always ensure that you use a black cab as these are licensed.  A verified black cab will always have a registered licence ID number on the back of the vehicle.
  • If travelling by Mini Cab, always order it by phone using a licensed taxi company; try to keep a reliable taxi number in your bag or wallet. Before entering the cab always ask the driver who the cab is for.  Never tell them your name first.  Always sit behind the driver.

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Staying Safe @ The Halls of Residence

  • Always lock your door even if you are popping down the hall.
  • Be aware of tailgating.  If you feel that a person is tailgating, challenge them, contact the residential Warden or call UCL Security.
  • When going out, always ensure that you close all windows.
  • Before allowing entry to your room always ensure you are aware of who is at the door.
  • Never leave personal items in view as that may attract a would-be burglar or opportunist.
  • Never hang keys by the front door. 

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Staying Safe @ Home

  • A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured
  • Fit a security light over your front door.
  • Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically.
  • Never leave a spare key concealed any where near the front door.
  • Do not label your house keys in case you lose them and they fall into the wrong hands.
  • Where possible, try to keep valuables out of sight from windows.
  • If you are away for extended periods:
    • Set your burglar alarm.  If you do not have an alarm, consider investing a few pounds in a dummy alarm box.
    • Ask a neighbour to clear your letter box or doorstep when you are away.
    • If you are prepared to leave a key with a willing neighbour/relative, ask for curtains to be drawn and lights to be put on at night.  If snow is on the ground a few footprints will make the house appear inhabited.
    • Encourage a neighbour to park on your drive.
    • Check your insurance policy.  Some insurance policies for contents don't cover you if you are away for more than 30 days.

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Staying Safe On Your Bike

  • Buy at least one good quality lock, which should meet the “sold secure” silver standard rating, available at most cycle shops.
  • Use official designated UCL cycle stands where available. Designated cycle stands are monitored by CCTV.
  • Security marking aids recovery if your cycle is lost or stolen. Register your cycle (model, make and frame number) on the Immobilise register or speak to a UCL Security Manager.

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  • To contact UCL Security 24/7 call 32108 (0207 679 2108)
  • In an emergency call 222 from any UCL phone
  • To Contact the Police in an Emergency : Call 999
  • To Contact the Police for a non Emergency : Call 101

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