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Keep yourself safe in Derby

By nicsl 09 Nov 2018

The nights are getting longer now and winter is truly here which means cosy nights at home watching Netflix, wrapping up in your favourite Reindeer jumper and treating yourself to more hot chocolates than usual. It is also a time to take more care for your personal safety and remember that even though it may be the afternoon still, walking around in the dark can be more unsafe.

Derby Police have informed us of several incidents, all committed by the same, lone perpetrator, that have occurred in and around Derby City Centre, whereby the assailant has cycled by young women and teenage girls and sexually assaulted them. He is described as white, between 30-35 years-old and wearing grey jogging bottoms, a black jacket and a white hat. For more information on this ongoing investigation, please look here.

Derby is a relatively safe and friendly city and events like this are rare. To keep yourself safe when out and about we recommend that you follow these tips:

  • Walk confidently and be aware of what's going on around you at all times.
  • If you're planning on going out for a night out, make sure you know how you're getting home before you go out. Book a taxi or make an arrangement with a friend to get home together.
  • Keep bags closed, zipped up and buckled. Be extra careful with rucksacks. If someone grabs it, let it go. Bags - and their contents - can be replaced.
  • Carry your wallet out of sight.
  • When using a cash machine, go in daylight or choose a well-lit one.
  • If you're taking your laptop somewhere, keep it hidden in an anonymous bag like a rucksack. If you take your mobile out with you, keep it hidden and keep calls brief.
  • If you suspect you're being followed, cross over the road see if they follow. If they do go into a pub or shop to call a mate or the police.
  • Have your house keys ready before you reach the door - and carry them in your pockets, not in your bag. Rummaging around for them means you're not looking at what's around you.
  • If you live in student accommodation, don’t let strangers into your accommodation, you may be putting yourselves and other students at risk.
  • Remember if you're chatting on the phone or listening to your personal stereo, you won't hear someone come up behind you. Your hearing is your best protection; your voice is your best defence. If you're attacked, shout and run.
  • If something does happen to you, report it to the police and the University security team. You could stop it happening to someone else.
  • Personal alarms are available from all Union of Students reception points, charged at a minimal cost but well worth investing in for your personal safety and peace of mind.

    If anyone has been effected by any issues and requires the services of Student Wellbeing please contact them on 01332 593000 during office hours or email: studentwellbeing@derby.ac.uk or complete a Report and Support form.

    Our Security Team work around the clock and make regular foot patrols across all our sites, which are also covered by CCTV.  If you have any further concerns about your safety on site, please contact Security on 01332 591777 or if you're in immediate danger please call 999. 

nicsl

nicsl is the Marketing Assistant. She enjoys travelling, music festivals, delicious food and binge watching Rick and Morty.
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