University of Hertfordshire students given advice to prevent burglary

PUBLISHED: 09:24 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:24 01 November 2016

The University burglary operation in Hatfield

The University burglary operation in Hatfield

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The dedicated University of Hertfordshire policing team advised Hatfield-based students to 'lock up when you leave' to prevent burglary.

The policing team has been visiting properties off campus in Hatfield to speak with both students and residents about ensuring they leave their property secure at all times.

Along with the University’s Off Campus team, and a couple of the force’s Special Constables, the police knocked on doors to raise awareness of burglary. They visited addresses in Dragon Road, Cunningham Avenue, Horse Gardens and Freemans Acre.

Most recently, the teams went out in the afternoon on Friday, October 28. More than 100 properties were visited and both students and residents were given crime prevention advice, UV pens to security mark their property and the opportunity to join Neighbourhood Watch if they are a resident or a new scheme, ‘Uni Watch’, if they are a student.

Uni Watch works in a similar way to Neighbourhood Watch but has been set up specifically for students to encourage them to look out for each other’s properties.

They will also receive regular emails from the University Policing Team about crimes which could affect them and tailored advice through the Online Watch Link (OWL) system.

The team will also notify them of any events they are holding. So far more than 900 students have signed up to the watch.

PC Jennifer Edwards, from the University of Hertfordshire policing team, said: “There have been some burglaries in the areas around the campuses.

“Student properties can be an easy target as criminals know there is likely to be items worth stealing, including laptops and games consoles.

“Whilst we carry out proactive patrols in areas where there have been burglaries, it is important that both students and residents take simple security precautions – such as locking up when they leave.

“We are working with students in a number of ways to ensure they keep their properties secure and this activity forms part of this.

“We’ve had really positive responses from the people we’ve spoken to and with over 900 signed up to Uni Watch we’ll be able to keep students up to date with the latest crime trends and how to protect themselves.”

Emma Lewis, community liaison and support officer at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The off-campus home security visits are a fantastic opportunity to promote student safety.

“Not only do they remind all residents to keep their property secure, they also highlight my role as Community Liaison and Support Officer, and the support available via the University’s dedicated policing team.

“Future events will be supported by student volunteers as they provide peer to peer support to fellow students, as well as learning about the issues affecting our local Hatfield community.”

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