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Protect your property

The University and Thames Valley Police work to protect you and your property, but you can follow some simple tips to deter criminals. Should the worst happen and you are burgled there are some effective steps you can take to minimise the impact.

Lock it

  • Most instances of burglary are opportunistic, so always keep your doors and windows locked when you are not in the room.
  • When you leave your property, make sure that valuables (including laptops, phones and car keys) are stored out of sight.
  • Never leave notes on your door saying that you are away, this could alert burglars to an empty property.
  • Don't leave keys in your door, or lying about in any common rooms. Avoid putting your name or room number on your key ring in case it gets lost or stolen.

Protect it

  • Make sure you mark your property and register valuables on the immobilise website. This will help the police return your property to you following an arrest.
  • Always make sure that you are insured. Check whether you are covered by your parents insurance, but if not many insurance companies offer student policies.
  • If the worst happens and you are burgled, contact your landlord / warden and the police immediately. You will need a crime number to make an insurance claim.

Know your neighbours

  • Never share access codes for your accommodation with anyone who is not a resident of your house, flat or halls of residence.
  • Avoid letting anyone you don't know into your building along with you. And report any suspicious activity to the caretaker, porter, security staff, or the police.
  • Never let strangers into your house without checking who they are. Reputable trades’ people will always carry ID and should never ask for your key or access card.
  • If you are not sure about something concerning the safety of yourself or your belongings, contact your local crime prevention and reduction advisor.

Love your bike

  • Owning a bike in Oxford is a great way to get around the city, making them a popular student accessory. They are also popular with thieves, but there is plenty that you can do to protect your bike.
  • Permanently mark your bike, register it with the University Cycle Registration Scheme for free.
  • Use two good quality Sold Secure approved locks to secure your bike when leaving it, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • The Oxford University Security Services team offers discounted bicycle D-locks for £15, email Security Control.
  • Don’t leave your bike in isolated places and always secure it to a robust stand.
  • Lock your bike through the frame, not the wheels. Secure or remove wheels and any smaller parts / accessories (especially lights, pumps and quick-release saddles).
  • More information on cycling safety can be found on the Security Services website.

For more information about crime prevention, visit the Security Services website.