Staffordshire Police are advising university students and the wider public to remain vigilant with their belongings.
Due to the amount of returning students at this time of year, thieves often target residencies for burglaries. Especially in private accommodation, these criminals will usually look to gain entry through unlocked access points such as doors and windows when occupants are not home, most often in the evening when social events are taking place.
PC Simon Stone, Staffordshire University Liason Officer, said: “We would like to reassure the public that Staffordshire is a safe place for students to study and live. Due to the opportunity for thieves to operate, especially when returning students are leaving accommodation unlocked, we would advise our communities to remain vigilant and take the necessary steps to ensure your valuables and safety are well protected.”
We would like to advise students and the wider public to ensure their doors and windows are locked, especially when leaving the premises for prolonged periods of time, and report any suspicious activity to police.
There are a number of ways you can contact us:
- Call 101 for non-emergencies and advice.
- You can send a private message on both Facebook and Twitter.
- Report online at our website: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/report
- If it’s an emergency, always dial 999.