The University of Worcester Security Team
The University has a Security Team that operates to assist students, staff and all visitors to the University 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you are a student on or off campus, you can access them if you have any personal safety concerns. They can be contacted through our Main Reception on 01905 855000.
If you are a victim of crime, our University Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Natasha Harris, is here to help. She is based at the University and can be accessed either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01905 542629. Alternatively you can pop into Main Reception on St Johns Campus and arrange to see her in person.
The University Campus and Worcester itself are considered to be relatively safe areas. However it is important to take sensible precautions to protect yourself against becoming a victim of crime.
Lock up: Make sure your accommodation is kept secure by closing all of your windows and locking your doors. If you are living in communal housing, pay particular attention to your communal door entrance and ensure it is properly shut and secured when entering or exiting your building in order to promote the safety of your flat or housemates as well as yourselves.
Your Belongings: Don't leave possessions such as bags, laptops, mobile phones and MP3 players unattended. If you buy new TVs, laptops, PCs or white goods when you come to University, don't advertise this opportunity to burglars or thieves by putting the packaging outside of the house. Either break down the packaging to fit in your recycling bin or take it to a local recycling site. In addition there are some recycling facilities in the car parks of local stores in St Johns, such as Homebase, The Coop and Sainsbury's.
Bikes: Lock up all bikes securely using recommended 'D' locks to fixed bike sheds or designated areas. Look out for the University's 'Bike Marking' events where you can get your bike labeled securely for free.
Get home safe: Don't walk home alone late at night. Try and walk back with friends or get a taxi. When using taxis, make sure they are marked taxis or registered minicabs, and bear in mind that when you book your taxi you can always ask for a rough pricing estimate so that you have an idea of how much it will cost. There are a number of taxis operating in and around the City Centre, including designated taxi ranks in the centre of town and by the Elgar Statue. For more information, a list of local taxi firms is available from the Reception desk.
Look out for your friends: When you are out in town with friends, make sure you travel in groups. Don't leave each other with strangers who you've only just met. and make sure you're aware of where you friends are. At the end of the night, try and get a taxi as a group or walk home together to make sure you all return home safely.