Keeping Sunderland students safe as new term starts

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STUDENTS are being helped to stay safe as they start Sunderland University.

The start of the new academic year sees large numbers arrive in the city to start or return to their studies and the University of Sunderland’s dedicated police officer, neighbourhood beat manager Pc Gemma Calvert will be on hand to offer advice to students.

Pc Calvert will also give presentations to students during induction talks and crime prevention advice, and materials will be given out during the Freshers’ Fair.

Crime prevention advice is being offered as part of a campaign with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Ms Baird said: “Getting the opportunity to give students useful advice when they first come to university will help the police get these important messages across to the right audience.”

Pc Calvert added: “Sunderland is a great place to live and study, and we want students to enjoy themselves, but we would also ask them to take the time to think about security and crime prevention too.

“Over the next few weeks, I’ll be visiting student accommodation as well as meeting students on campus to offer crime prevention tips. If you see me please stop for a chat. I’ll be happy to help with any concerns or advice.”

“We’re also encouraging students to make use of some simple crime prevention advice. This includes not leaving valuables near an open window and locking the front door behind you. It’s just basic things that could help stop valuables being stolen.”

Pc Calvert will also be handing out Northumbria Police’s ‘Keys, Money, Phone plans to get home’ personal safety cards which include some tips on how to stay safe during a night out.

This work supports the Association of Chief Police Officers’ week of action to highlight the impact of excessive drinking.

Pc Calvert can be contacted via Northumbria Police 101 ext 69191, or the University of Sunderland on 515 3999, or via email campus.police@sunderland.ac.uk.