• Always lock your doors and close your windows when you go out, even if you live in college;
• Keep bikes securely locked;
• Never allow unauthorised visitors entry unless they are carrying identification;
• Make sure that you have adequate personal possession insurance;
• If you are living out and your house has a burglar alarm, use it! Also make sure you change the default settling with your landlord.
Durham like anywhere else is as safe as you are prepared to make it. By taking some precautions you can keep the risk to yourself at a minimum:
• Try not to walk alone at night, walk with friends or acquaintances wherever possible;
• Try to avoid quiet and unlit areas - don't use personal stereos when out on your own at night;
• Walk in the opposite direction to the flow of the traffic;
• Take the Nightbus or a Taxi, especially if you have had a drink or two;
• Carry a safety alarm (available from the Student Shop, Advice Centre or free from some JCRs);
• Use your common sense, don't put yourself in danger.
If you are involved in an incident of any kind, from being shouted or flashed at through to the more serious natured, it is very important that you complete an incident report form. They allow us to spot patterns, warn others, and actively prevent future incidences by bringing things to the attention of the police. See your college welfare officer or come to the Advice Centre to get one. The information on the form remains confidential, you don't have to give your name, and only the details of the incident will be passed on to the police. The most important thing is that the incident, no matter how trivial it may seem to you, is reported and recorded.
If you've been involved in any kind of incident, it would be useful to us if you could fill in an Incident Report Form. This will help us to keep students informed of possible threats to their safety.