If you know the emergency phone number, and you have a good idea where you are when an emergency occurs, you should call it directly. If, however, you are travelling through foreign countries, or if you are in an unfamiliar area / place when an emergency occurs, it can be useful to have an app on your smartphone to help locate you for emergency services.
Personal Safety apps are fairly new and their effectiveness has not been proven or tested. Various apps exist, many of which charge one-off or subscription costs. These apps rely on setting up a list of contacts who can be contacted simultaneously if a person gets into trouble. However, in an immediate crisis, running away or ringing emergency services is likely to be safer than notifying friends and family through an app.
More than 75% of twitter users do so mainly through a mobile device.
Twitter has an emergency alert system, allowing organisations such as the police to send messages during emergencies to users who opt in. When an alert is issued a user will receive a push notification, a text message and/or a message on their timeline with a special bell icon depending on user settings.
Twitter’s own page Using Twitter Alerts gives further information.
To sign up for any other police service first find their twitter username then go to https://twitter.com/xxx/alerts where xxx is the username.
There’s a list of police forces on twitter here.
Several websites and media outlets have published lists of apps that can help you protect yourself, be safe, or save lives. On our page, we tried to only include free apps.
The lists below include paid-for apps. Many of the apps will be US-centric, so it’s always worth looking into each app in detail before downloading it.
Protect your property
There are some common-sense steps you can take to make it less likely that you would become the victim of theft:
There are ways you can avoid making yourself an easy target for criminals:
Always report any criminal behaviour that affects you or that you witness to the police, because this could stop it happening to other students.
Be safe and smart with your cash:
It’s important to know, or have easy access to, the following phone numbers.
|Emergencies in the UK||999|
|Emergencies in the EU||112|
|Medical problem (not life-threatening) in Wales or England||0845 46 47|
|To report a crime (if you’re not in immediate danger)||101|
|Security staff on your campus:
|Nightline (20:00-02:00 Mon-Fri)||01633 432100|
|Directory Enquiries (low cost)||118 226 (See note below)|
|Gas leaks / emergencies||0800 111 999|
|Animal rescue||0300 1234 999|
Directory enquiries note: There are hundreds of providers in the UK. Almost all cost money. The three most popular ones are 118 500, 118 118 and 118 888. There is a free one, 0800 118 3733, which is an automated speech-recognition based system, and you have to listen to adverts. There is even a way to access it at low costs or free from mobiles. However, for practical purposes, it may be easier to call a human service. Of the directory enquiries services that charge and are staffed by human operators, 118 226 is the cheapest (as of July 2013).
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If you need an emergency response, call the emergency services on 999.
On the Caerleon campus, please also ring 01633 432082, or 555 from any University landline phone. The number is staffed 24h and on-campus first responders will assist you.
On the Newport City campus, please also ring 01633 435020, or 555 from any University landline phone. The number is staffed during building opening hours and first responders will assist you.
If you witness or experience extremely serious situations, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
If you are on campus, phone security immediately so that they can give directions when the ambulance arrives.
For urgent medical problems, contact your GP or NHS Direct Wales: Phone 0845 46 47. The number is staffed 24 hours a day. Or visit the NHS Direct website
A&E – (Accident and Emergency departments in hospitals)
You can go to a hospital’s A&E unit for accidents and emergencies.
Local A&E units (24hours)
Cardiff University of Wales Hospital
Tel: 02920 747747
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
Tel: 01443 443443
Royal Gwent Hospital
Tel: 01633 234234
In case of an out-of-control file, call the emergency services on 999 and ask for the fire brigade.
If you need an emergency response, call the emergency services on 999. Emergencies may include being subjected to fear of immediate violence, or if you are in the process of having your property damaged / stolen.
If there is no emergency, call 101 to log your complaint.
If you require non-urgent assistance – for example if you are the victim of harassment or you would like to report suspicious behaviour or you simply want police advice and assistance – please contact the non emergency number 101.
Please also see the Local police contact details page. It includes information about PACT meetings, local police staff and more.
Staff on the Newport and Caerleon campuses have been granted Accredited Police Powers by Gwent Police. You can reach them by phoning 555 from any University phone on the Caerleon and Newport City campuses.
For non-emergency situations and to report an incident, please contact Campus Watch.
You can also complete the form below.