Be aware of your surroundings
If you’re listening to music on headphones, make sure you can still hear what’s happening around you. Avoid walking and staring at your phone. This is especially important if you’re walking alone, or in the dark.
Attend a personal safety workshop
Security Services and West Midlands Police offer workshops to students to help you feel safe and know what to do. These are open to all students.
- Practical self-defence tips and tactics, taught by the Campus Police Officer
- Who to contact for help and support in different situations
- Technology and apps to help keep you and your property safe
To find out about the next workshop, or organise a group workshop for a team or society you belong to, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pick up a freebie
Security Services will provide you with free items to help you protect yourself from crime, from personal attack alarms (which emit a loud noise) to bells which will ring if your bag is moved, and contactless card defenders. You can collect these during an appointment at the UBSafe Hub or from any of staffed accommodation reception areas. They’ll also offer you free advice, and it’s a safe, confidential space to ask questions or share concerns.
Use the Hollie Guard app with friends
This personal safety app is activated by a simple shake or tap, and immediately sends your GPS location and audio/video to your designated contact(s). You can either raise the alarm silently, or set off a loud alarm with flashing lights to attract attention. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but you might find this reassuring when you’re coming home alone in the dark.
Find out more about the Hollie Guard app