Safer Students

WEST Midlands Police have launched a brand new campaign to remind students about crime prevention during the lighter warmer months of the year.

This latest initiative features a bright and colourful poster campaign promoting simple advice to prevent street robbery.

As the clocks go forward, the longer daylight hours and improvement in weather conditions often mean a change in crime trends, this is due to changes in people’s daily routines with more people tending to stay out for longer as they enjoy the weather.

With this in mind, students are being reminded to use valuables such as mobile phones and MP3 players discreetly and not flash them on the bus or while walking.

To help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of robbery, officers are issuing the following advice to students:

Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Be discreet and don’t flash valuables such as mobile phones and MP3 players.

Carry only what you need cash wise and if using an ATM, withdraw the minimum amount possible from inside the bank. Always go with a mate as well.

Stick with your mates and keep an eye on each other.

Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel safe, get to somewhere where there are lots of people and call the police.

As part of the initiative, officers have increased patrols in areas identified as robbery hotspots and are targeting suspects.

For more information, visit: www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferstudents

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