Your safety and security is very important. Ensure you do all you can to make sure YOU remain as safe and secure as well as your property.
- Know the different ways to contact the police in the UK and locally at either or Northumbria Police. They will have a lot of information to help keep you and your property safe and secure.
Police evidence suggests that students are the most targeted section of the society by criminals and this is no less the case in London. Therefore try to ensure you are safe and secure.
It might sound obvious but ways to keep your home safe include:
- Use a burglar alarm if you have one. Seek written permission form your landlord/agent to change the burglar alarm code when you move in.
- If you do not have adequate outside lighting ask if you landlord is willing to install some.
- Report any suspicious behaviour and let you neighbours know. Check out any history of burglary in the area using the Police Crime Map
- Keep windows and doors locked when you go out and even when you are home.
- Don't announce on social media that you are going to be away, or you have purchased something.
- Don't leave valuables on display.
- Place a notice asking for no flyers to be left outside.
- Ensure your home looks secure on the outside (alarms, locks etc.)
- If you go out in the evening, close the curtains and set light timers.
- Don't hide spare keys under the mat, in the shed, garage or elsewhere.
- If you don't recognise someone, ask them who they are there to see and if you are suspicious, call the police
- If you store large items such as bikes in a shed, make sure they are secure and use bike locks.
- Even if you keep the bicycle indoors, lock it up with a d-lock.
- Even the best security won't deter thieves if you don't lock the door
- Inform the landlord or agent if you are going to be away
- If you have a trusted neighbour let them know you will be away and ask them to push through any leaflets sticking out of the letterbox on the door
Gas Safety Section
If you are living in rented accommodation, your landlord has to have any gas appliance that they own regularly maintained by a Gas Safe registered engineer and issue you with a copy of the gas safety record before you move in and following the annual gas safety check. Notify HSE - Gas Safety Advice Line - 0800 300 363 and the council if your landlord does not, on request, provide you with a copy of the record.
If you smell gas call National Gas Emergency Service (24 hours) - 0800 111 999
Gas Safety Certificate Sample
What is it?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas. You can't see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly without warning. It is produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal. Even appliances that have been regularly tested can produce CO so it is advisable to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home and ensure vents aren't covered or blocked. Be Carbon Monoxide aware
What should I look out for?
- yellow or orange rather than blue flames (except fuel effect fires or flueless appliances which display this colour flame)
- soot or yellow/brown staining around or on appliances
- pilot lights that frequently blow out
- increased condensation inside windows
What should I do if I think my appliance is spilling carbon monoxide?
- Call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999
- Call your landlord/agent. If they fail to act immediately inform Environmental health
- Switch off the appliance and shut off the gas supply at the meter control valve
- Open all doors and windows to ventilate the room
- Visit your GP and tell them that you believe you may have been exposed to carbon monoxide
It might sound obvious but it is very important that you routinely check the smoke alarms are working in your property as this could save your life. Try to build this into something else that you routinely do so that it becomes a regular habit.
Consider carrying a personal alarm and apply the ‘SIMPLE’ principle:
If going out plan to stay safe
Make sure you avoid danger spots
Listen to your instincts
Ensure you are cautious wherever you are.
The dangers of house parties
The risks of house parties are highlighted in a series of new hard-hitting videos aimed at students.
It follows growing concerns about the risks students are placing themselves in by organising large-scale parties in terraced houses in parts of Newcastle.
Mattresses and furniture have been found by emergency services piled up against doors and windows in the vain hope it would provide soundproofing and prevent attracting complaints.
In some cases hundreds of revellers have turned up to parties advertised through social media. Floors in houses are not designed to withstand the weight of scores of people, and in Manchester a lounge floor collapsed in a house and students fell through to the basement.
Large amounts of alcohol, drugs and sound equipment have been confiscated at Newcastle parties and doormen and DJ’s employed have even been employed.
The Safer Partying film, funded by Public Health, is complete with student actors, and replicates a house party situation.