Staying safe

We work closely with the local police to ensure that our campus and surrounding area is safe for our students.  Keeping safe is important to each of us. Campus security and the local police are there to help but there are things you can do to protect yourself and look out for others:

Remember to call 999 in emergencies or 101 for non-urgent crimes.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Sarah Pengelly

Sarah is the dedicated liaison officer for the University. The liaison officer also provides crime prevention and personal safety advice during welcome week and throughout the year to help to keep you safe while you live, study and work in Plymouth.

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"Plymouth is an extremely vibrant and diverse city to live in and we want you to enjoy living here. However, it is important to remember that your behaviour as a student impacts greatly on the city and the other people living here."

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Personal safety

Remember to stay safe and plan your journey home. Plan ahead:

  • Walk in well-lit areas where there are lots of people.
  • Always stay alert.
  • Think about how you’ll be getting home before you go out.
  • If you order a taxi, make sure it is licensed. If the taxi driver doesn’t know your name – don’t get in!
  • Always carry your mobile, make sure it is charged and you have enough credit.
  • If you look and act drunk, you are more vulnerable – drink responsibly.
  • Friends look after each other, and make sure your mates know where you’re going.
  • If you find yourself in a vulnerable situation, whether you have run out of money, you're alone, or you feel in danger, use the Student Union Safe Taxi Scheme.

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Burglary advice

Properties without security measures in place are ten times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. The majority of burglars are opportunists who gain entry into your home through an open door or window. Top tips on preventing burglaries:

  • Keep all windows and doors locked and secure.
  • Keep valuable items, such as laptops and mobiles, away from external view.
  • Keep keys out of sight and in a safe place, do not leave keys in locks.
  • Make sure you have strong doors and windows – talk to your landlord if you have any concern.

Reporting crime 

Reporting crime, even ‘low level’ anti-social behaviour, is important - the police and the City Council target their resources according to crime statistics.

The student portal (internal access only) has information on how to report a crime. If you have concerns that someone is being drawn into violent extremism, the city operates a referral process. ​

Personal belongings

Keep your valuables in a safe place.  If you don't, you could lose your photos, numbers, music, money or assignments in seconds.

  • When out keep your personal belongings close to you at all times.
  • Do not leave your bag unattended.
  • Be careful that your mobile, money or keys do not fall out of your pocket.

Property marking

Why should I mark and register my property?

  • You don’t want to lose your assignments, music and photos etc.
  • Thieves don’t like marked property as it’s too risky for them to sell.
  • Marked and registered items are much harder to sell on.
  • You are ten times more likely to have stolen property returned once you mark and register it.

What property should I mark?

  • All valuable items in your house especially your laptop, mobile phone, bike, TV, iPod, camera and game console.

How should I mark my property?

Choose the most appropriate product to uniquely mark your property and mark it in more than one place. If using an ultra violet marking pen you should mark your item using your postcode and your house number or the first two letters of your house name. Items marked with ultra violet marking pens should be re-applied every year.

Registering my property

  • Create a record of all your items' serial numbers and unique markings and keep in a safe place.
  • You can create a record by registering all your property for free on
  • Registration allows all UK police forces to trace stolen property and return it to you.

For more information on property marking go to

Push bikes

  • Get a good bike lock (D locks are the best, also look for “Sold Secure Ltd”)
  • Lock your bike to something secure e.g. a bike rack or a lamppost. Always lock your bicycle, even if you are leaving it for a couple of minutes.
  • Make the lock and bike difficult to manoeuvre when parked – keep the lock away from the ground and keep the gap between the bike and the lock small.
  • Lock all removable parts and do not leave any valuables in any saddle sacks.
  • Ensure your bike’s frame is security marked. Record and register your bike's model, make and frame number – you can do this by visiting BikeRegister.