08 Jan 2020
Preston is a safe city but it’s still wise to take steps to make sure you’re safe at home and while out and about.
We want you to feel safe and secure and to help we’re sharing the following top student safety tips:
Let someone know where you are going and when you will be home. Think about how you will get home. If you are working late in the library and live in PR1 and PR2, you can use the free late bus 10pm – 4.30am. Pre-booking is required which can be done at the library reception.
Be aware of what is going on around you. If you’re using a cash machine, protect your pin. If you’re on a night out, don’t leave your drink unattended. If you start to feel unwell seek assistance from venue staff. Know your limits and drink within them. Do not drink to excess, be mindful of the amount you are drinking. You will have a much better night if you are aware of your limit.
Out with friends? Whether you and your friends are male or female, look out for each other and consider travelling back together or checking in when you each arrive home safely. If you are out drinking and you notice your friend is reaching their limit, talk to them and recommend that they stop drinking.
Keep them out of sight in your home and while out and about. Don’t leave laptops, tablets or phones unattended, even in the library. Be vigilant when using your phone when out and about. You can register your possessions for free with Immobilise, the national property register, to improve the chances of getting them back if they are ever stolen.
Before leaving your house or halls check that all of your windows and doors are secure. If you are living in shared accommodation, don’t be afraid to question anyone you don’t recognise and don't let anyone tail-gate behind you into halls, your house or University buildings.
If you don’t feel comfortable when out in Preston at a pub, bar or night club, you can approach a member of staff and ask for ‘Angela’. Staff will take you to a safe area and call a taxi or simply help you to leave safely and discreetly.
Use the identified preferred walking routes around campus and into and out of the city centre. Be vigilant and avoid shortcuts or poorly lit areas. There are also a number of personal safety apps available to download, including the Hollie Guard app. If you are in danger, a simple shake or tap activates Hollie Guard and automatically sends your location and audio or video evidence to your designated contacts.
If you are feeling unsafe and require assistance, UCLan campus security is available 24/7. Call them on 01772 892068 or deaf users can text 07891 679537. Add this number to your phone. You can also request a CCTV escort and campus security will use the University's CCTV cameras to follow you back to your on-campus accommodation so you know someone is watching out for you.
If you do need police assistance, you can call Preston Police on 101 or in an emergency, dial 999 if you feel threatened.
Visit the student safety page for more information and advice on how to stay safe at UCLan.