Northumbria Police issue welcome back message to students

Dated: 10 Oct 2017 12:00 PM

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Northumbria Police has a message for students as they settle in to their new lives at university - stay safe and respect your new home.

The weekend marked the end of the final Freshers Week in our region with first year students moving to Newcastle and Sunderland.

Now they will be settling into their new digs and looking forward to their lectures, seminars and the odd night out in town.

So far police say the students have respected their new home towns and behaved impeccably during the Freshers celebrations.

But now officers are running a Freshers Week of their own - to make sure students are keeping themselves and their property safe.

Officers will be regularly patrolling university campuses and residential areas to offer crime prevention advice and target those not showing respect to their neighbours.

Chief Inspector Dave Pickett has encouraged students to stop and speak to their local neighbourhood officers if they have concerns.

He said: "Starting university is a very exciting time for these young people, many of whom are leaving home for the first time.

"The past few weeks have seen a number of Freshers events taking place across Newcastle and down the road in Sunderland.

"We have been on duty for these events, including a big pub crawl at the weekend, and are delighted to say that students have behaved really well.

"But now that students are settling in to the academic year we thought it was a good time to remind people about the importance to look after themselves.

"Earlier this year we launched a joint campaign with the local authority and with the student unions around safer partying and responsible drinking.

"Large house parties in residential areas like Jesmond and Heaton can not only pose real safety risks but it also makes hugely affects the lives of those living in the areas who have to live with loud noise.

"People should take a look at the university website and social media feed and take a couple of minutes to watch those videos.

"However, we also want to remind students to keep their properties secure as we know that opportunist thieves will look to target student areas.

"They know that there are lots of people living under the same roof and that they all own laptops, TVs and tablets so they will be looking for insecure doors and windows. Keep them locked and secure.

"There is tons of information on our website about keeping yourselves and your property safe but we do also have campus police officers.

"We will patrol campus and residential areas where there is a large concentration of student homes so if you see an officer we would urge you to go and introduce yourself.

"Tell us about any issues you are experiencing and we can give advice or guidance so we can make your university experience a safe one."

Neighbourhood officers in the Jesmond and Heaton areas of the city will also be carrying out Operation Oak patrols throughout the academic year.

The patrols are aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in student residential areas whether that be unsafe house parties, drinking in the street or criminal damage.

Details of the Operation Oak patrols are regularly posted on the @NCLEastPol Twitter page which includes contact numbers for those officers on patrol.

Further advice on SIMPLE tips for students can be found on our website here: