The University of Sheffield security team has taken steps to combat the annual spike in burglaries and thefts across the city at this time of year.
Security and Police Officers have been giving away property markers, panic alarms and information leaflets at the Diamond building over the past fortnight to help students keep themselves and their possessions safe.
Dave Cully, 56, a security officer at the University, said that one of the main reasons for setting up the Crime Reduction and Safety fortnight was the rise in burglaries in particular around September and October.
Mr Cully also provided students with five simple steps to stay safe throughout the year:
- Be aware of visitors and strangers around the property if you are living in a shared house.
- Close blinds and curtains, especially on the ground floor.
- Leave lights on when you are out, particularly at the front of the building.
- Use 101 to contact security services, or 44 44 when on University premises.
- Use well-lit areas or ‘Green Routes’ when travelling to and from accommodation, as they have several emergency call points and CCTV.
Lee Barnes, 51, is the Security Control Room Officer at the University of Sheffield, but is also responsible for organising this event every year.
Mr Barnes said: “It is an honour to be asked to do this for another year because it’s a very rewarding role and I enjoy doing it.”
Mr Barnes added that the week had been very successful, as they ran out of a number of the items being given away daily, and very few goodies were left over at the end of the fortnight.