Warm Welcome to New Students in Huddersfield

Tuesday 24 September, 2019

This week mark’s Fresher’s Week in Huddersfield as thousands of new students flock to the town to embark on their University experience.

Local Huddersfield NPT teams and the University of Huddersfield are working closely together to ensure that Fresher’s Week remains crime-free and all new students are welcomed into the town.

There will be high visibility patrols across the town centre, around the universities and colleges as well as near student accommodation and pubs and clubs.

New students had the opportunity to meet with officers from the Cyber Crime team and also staff from Lloyds Bank at the Welcome Festival. They were on hand to greet students and offer them support and advice.

Officers will be available to offer advice on personal safety, as well as crime prevention advice, such as:

  • Don’t walk alone in dimly lit areas;
  • Always use registered taxi companies;
  • Keep valuables out of view;
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash.

PC Gaynor Dawson, Safer Student Officer, said: “During Fresher’s Week we will be offering advice to new students, answering any questions they may have and providing them with useful tips.

“We want students coming to Huddersfield to enjoy their time here and to start as they mean to go on. By taking a few simple steps, they can avoid becoming victims of crime and just concentrate on making the most this new and exciting time away from home and have fun!

“By making the students security aware; we can help to prevent them from becoming easy targets for opportunist criminals. By using their common sense and following our advice, they can dramatically cut their chances of being a victim of crime.

“Officers will be out conducting patrols on the streets and will be on the look for potentially vulnerable situations such as open windows and valuables left on display. The owners or occupants will be made aware and advised of what action needs to be taken through crime prevention advice.”

For more information, tips and advice, please visit the West Yorkshire Police website https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/personal-safety-and-possessions/student-safety/student-safety


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