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1 Security and Safety Advice and Guidance E&FMS Security DepartmentHead of SecuritySecurity and Safety Advice and Guidance
2 IntroductionThe Home office has reported that students own more expensive consumer goods per head than the rest of the population. The Home office has also mentioned that it is believed that between 1 in 3 students may become a victim of a crime each year and in general young people (16 – 24 years) are more vulnerable.We do not want you to be a victim of crime and by raising your awareness and following these simple guidelines we can make sure that you enjoy living and studying in London safely.For further safety advice or to obtain further information regarding crime statistics please visit the website below or make contact with a member of the University Estates & Facilities Management Services security team .
3 Middlesex University Security Team For further advice contact: Nick Wise, Head of SecurityJamie Steed, Security Systems ManagerItai Sher, ICTS Security Contract ManagerJohn Pollitt, ICTS Security Operations Manager
4 Topics Covered Top safety tips Electrical and Fire Safety Fire safety (Campus, halls, private residence)Robbery and TheftBurglaryWithdrawing CashOut at NightDrink SpikingPublic TransportCabsDisease and IllnessIllegal drugsVigilanceRoad SafetyEmergenciesSupport contact numbersUseful contact numbersMiddlesex University security Contacts
5 Top Safety TipsMany burglaries happen when a door or window has been left open (it takes a second) – whether in an office, halls or house/flat lock up!In a hall of residence, be careful who you let in or who follows you into the building - lock your bedroom door even if you are only going down the corridorRobbers are after an easy target - walk in groups at night, travel by taxi or stay over with friends, your safety is worth more than the cab fare home!If possible, use cash-machines during the day - put your card and cash away and be vigilant - never write down or disclose your PIN numberKeep cards and chequebooks separate - note down your card details so you can cancel them quicklyAlways lock your car and put valuables out of sight - never leave the keys in the ignition even when paying for petrolAfter a night out, arrange to go home with friends, or licensed mini cab or taxiTo prevent spiking, never leave drinks unattendedBe vigilant when using your mobile phone - if your phone is stolen, call your network or to immobilise itProtect yourself with insurance - keep lists of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items to help police track them down if they are stolenStudents mark your property with the initials of Middlesex University and your student ID number (e.g.. MU ) this makes it harder for a burglar to sell stolen goods and can help the police to return items to you. Staff should mark items with their initials and post code.
6 Electrical & Fire safety in Rooms Dangerous electrical appliances or damaged sockets can cause fire or serious injury.What are the warning signs – unsafe electrical appliances?Check for broken plug socketsCheck for exposed wiringCheck for loose SwitchesCheck for sparks or smoke from electrical appliancesIf the appliance, plug or cables feel hot or smell – then turn off and unplugFuses that continually blow think! There must a cause, do not usePlugs that get hot when used, do not use obtain adviceDon’t overloading plug socketsUse portable heaters in a safe way, keep away from inflammable materialDo’s and Don’ts – Fire safety in rooms!Do not Smoke in bed20% of fires are caused by candles. Don’t use candles in rooms, if you do then it could lead to your eviction from HallsDo not tamper with smoke alarms (including covering them up)60% of fires start in the kitchen – do not prop the door open. Do not use portable cooking appliances in roomsDo not leave irons on when not in roomDo not leave frying pans (hot oil) unattended at anytimeDo not store or use gas canisters in roomsIf in doubt about an electrical items do not use it, seek advice.
7 Fire Safety while on Campus and in halls If you discover a fire, raise the alarm at once by:Sounding the nearest fire alarm (break glass call point)Leave the building immediately and report to the duty officer or security when outsideOn hearing the fire alarmLeave the building quickly and calmly by the nearest exitDo not stop to collect personal belongingsDo not use liftsIf an exit is found blocked use an alternative routeWhen clear of the building report to your assembly pointDo not obstruct access points. Routes must be kept clear for emergency vehicles/personnelDo not re-enter buildings until duty officer/senior fire officer gives all clearIt is an offence for improper use of a break glass. Any person found smashing a break glass for fun/to panic or cause distress will be identified and details passed to the police. Every false activation means the emergency services are called away from a situation that could be life threatening.Do not be afraid to use the break glass call point if you see or suspect there to be a fire within a buildingFurther adviceKnow your assembly pointsCheck your smoke detectors (do not cover them)Ensure your friends/visitors are aware of evacuation plans, assembly areas etc.
8 Robbery and Theft Keep your personal belongings with you Do not display valuablesDo not count money in publicDo not use maps in public specially in the cityKeep personal details private, i.e. pin numbers, passwordsBe aware of your surroundingsPlan routes/transport in advanceIf robbed, hand over items - don’t fight backAvoid using mobile phones alone in public placesIf your phone is stolen, call your network or to immobilise it. Make a note of your serial number by dialling *#06#.Walk on the pavement towards trafficIf you think you are being followed seek help at shops, petrol stations, somewhere open to the public
9 Burglary Double check you have locked up properly Avoid letting in strangers; always check identification cards, if in doubt phone their headquarters. If they are legitimate they will not object to waiting while you do soKeep your mobile in your bedroom at nightDon't leave car or house keys near windows or letter boxesIf possible use a timer for lights when not at homeClose curtains/blinds when out of the house/flat/halls room or officeOffice staff use a clear desk policyHouses/flats purchase alarms, security lightingWindows /patio doors add extra locksKeep to hand a record of valuables and their descriptions/serial numbersJoin and encourage others to join a neighbourhood watch scheme
10 Using your Cash Card Be vigilant of your surroundings Keep details private; never divulge passwords or card pin numbers (cover keypad when entering detailsCheck for hidden devices on cash machinesDo not get distracted when using your cardAvoid taking large amounts out of a machine in one goUse your card during the day rather than at nightKeep a record of when you use your card, how much, when and whereCheck your statements properlyDo not let your card out of sight when using it in shops, restaurants even petrol stationsAlways cross shred any statements, bills, bank cards anything where your personal information can be obtained
11 Out at Night Plan your route there and back Avoid travelling alone Keep in well lit areasPlan and keep to meeting arrangementsRemain with your friends, check on each otherOnly use licensed mini cabs or taxisNever leave drinks unattendedNever accept drinks from strangersDo not bring strangers back to the halls or your house/flatAttempt to ensure someone knows where you are going and expected time home
12 Drink Spiking These tips are not just for women Appoint a drinks watcherNever leave your drink unattendedIf for whatever reason you have to leave your drink unattended, do not go back to itDo not accept drinks from strangersDrugs can be tasteless and odourless and takes less than a second to be put into your drinkWatch out for each otherIf your drink tastes different throw awayIf you start to feel ill, inform your friends or an appropriate personIf a friend becomes ill for whatever reason do not allow them to make their own way home, look out for another, take them home!
13 Public Transport Always pre-plan your route Avoid waiting alone Always sit downstairs near to the driver when travelling on a bus aloneAvoid getting on empty tube /train carriagesKeep your belongings in view at all timesIf you find a situation starting to occur make contact with the driver (bus) pull the emergency handle on the tube or trainWhen using the night bus, attempt to travel with friends rather than alone, always sit downstairsTry not to fall asleep when you use London transport, taxi or cab when travelling alone day or night
14 Cabs Always use only licensed mini cabs/ black taxi’s Keep a cab number on youWhen booking a cab or taxi always obtain an estimate and remember who you spoke to, ensure you have enough funds to pay before starting the journeyEnsure a friend or relative are aware of your estimated time of arrival, ring them when in the cab if you can.Check driver’s ID before you get into a cab if you feel unsure about him/her don’t get in.Sit directly behind the driver if your alone, remain alert, watch your route/traffic signsAsk driver to wait until you are inside before he/she leaves the area
15 Disease and Illness Don’t use Illegal drugs Avoid handling syringes or needlesAvoid taking unknown substancesIf you feel stressed, can’t cope, seek help from a councillor (Middlesex can help you to do this)Check food and drink sell by datesFollow instructions for re-heating food, if unsure throw awayIf you are unwell i.e. cold/flu, remain at home, take plenty of fluids, contact your GP. Don’t come in to University spreading the germ. Ensure friends, lecturer are awareSet up a flu friend (when one gets sick the other supports) buddy buddy systemAlways practice safe sex
16 Illegal Drugs Just Say No Drugs mess up your mind Drugs mess up your bodyDrugs are a waste of moneyDrugs are addictiveDrugs can kill youDrugs pay for other criminal activityThere is a zero tolerance policy on drugs on university or halls premisesAre these not enough reasons? Visit the site below and read for yourself what drugs actually do to youJust Say No
17 VigilanceDo not touch suspect packages, ensure you inform a responsible person i.e. bus driver, security, caretakers, policeReport anything you notice such as, type of package, bag, its location, and at what time you noticed it, whether anyone was in the area and their descriptionSuspicious person. As with packages same information may be helpful to police or securityRemember: You have noticed something for a reason!
18 Road Safety Cross at a safe place Be vigilant for road signs and road worksKeep to pavements and footpathsTry to walk on pavement towards oncoming trafficBe vigilant, remember a driver may not be aware of you!Check! And double check both ways before crossing, watch out for cyclists and motorbike ridersJust because a road may be marked as one way does not mean a vehicle may follow this rule! Look both ways before crossing
19 Emergencies In emergency call 999 Police, ambulance, fire brigade & coastguardDo not call if unnecessaryPrank callers will be prosecutedKeep calm when talking to the operatorAnswer operator’s questions in a calm voice, the more information you can give the better the responseIf you don’t know the address of the incident look for landmarks, such as tube/train stations, petrol stations, pubs, schools, shops, churches etcFor non emergenciescontact your local police station. Security on campus have local contact details, or report the crime via the net https://online.met.police.uk
20 Support Contact InformationAids HelplineAlcoholics AnonymousBritish Pregnancy Advisory (abortions)CrimestoppersDyslexia HelplineEating Disorders AdviceFrank (drugs)Hospital – Barnet GeneralHospital – Chase FarmHospital – North MiddlesexHospital – Royal FreeHospital – St. Ann’sHospital - WhittingtonLondon NightlineNHS DirectParentlineRape helpline (answered by women)Rape helpline (answered by men)SamaritansSaneline (mental health)Suzy Lamplugh TrustVictim Support
22 Middlesex University Security Contacts To report a crime / suspicious activity on campus or any other type of emergency contact the University’sCampuswatch 24hr control roomFor non emergency situations including safety or general advice about the campus you can contact security based on each campus via the numbers below;Hendon, (based within the Quadrangle)Trent Park, (based within the Jebb Building)
23 We hope you Enjoy your time at Middlesex University Always remember that your safety is paramountIf you require help/assistance or just advice make contact with us, your University Security TeamWe are here to help