We've all seen ninjas in the movies, with their quick and mysterious personalities, but there is an important message to take from International Ninja Day.
Ninjas are excellent at staying safe even in the face of adversity; for many students, University is the first time away from home. It should be a place where you can study, make friends and have fun without fear for your safety.We've put together our top safety tips for staying safe on campus, including everything from personal safety to social media and finances. Student life is a great experience for most students; however, safety precautions should always be taken even in the safest environments. We want to make sure you have the best time possible at University, and that includes staying safe.
Protect Your Pad
Don’t make it easy for burglars. Lock your door and windows every time you leave your house and keep your possessions out of sight. Be sure to insure your possessions and register your belongings for free with Immobilise, the national property register, to improve the chances of getting them back in the event of theft.
Take Responsibility For Yourself
You can’t always rely on others to take care of you; make sure your mobile is charged before you go out in case of emergencies. Always save the numbers of reputable licensed taxis, such as Dragon Taxis, in case you get separated from friends. It helps to have enough cash put aside at the start of the night, should you need to get a taxi home – but if you do find yourself short, Dragon Taxi in collaboration with the Students’ Union support the “Safe Taxi Scheme,” which you can read about here.
Stay hydrated! It’s all too easy to lose track of how many drinks you’ve had, so make an effort to hydrate with water through the night. Keep an eye on your friends and make sure you don’t leave your drink unattended at any point. If you’re going out as a group, have a plan in place so you return as a group. No one wants to be left alone feeling worse for wear. When planning your route home, stick to well lit, populated areas and have a personal safety alarm on you at all times - you can pick one up for free from your Students’ Union offices.
Get Social Media Savvy
It’s all too easy to reveal where you’re going or where you’ve been on social media, especially when “checking in” at places. This information, in the hands of the wrong person, can reveal when you’re likely to be home and how you behave, making it easier for opportunists to target you. Social media updates happen more regularly than you think – be sure to review them to protect your privacy. If you’re meeting with someone for the first time that you’ve met on social media, meet in a public place after to getting to know them for a while. Always make sure you tell a friend where you are and when you’ll likely be home. If you feel uncomfortable with messages or posts directed at you, tell them. If they persist, block the user from being able to contact you.
Megan, Ollie, Charlotte & Liam
Students' Union Exec Officers