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Crime

We hope your stay at Staffordshire University is a pleasant one and devoid of incident!  Here is some information to help you keep it that way.

Protect Yourself

Beware - local criminals actively target students.

Students have many items of value that are attractive to thieves: laptops, mobile phones, ipods and wallets. Men are more likely to be victims of street crime than women, but everyone should take precautions.

Students are vulnerable to crime, especially after a night out if they have been drinking. Street criminals will see this as the ideal chance to catch their victim unawares.

Protect yourself during the day; keep mobile phones and ipods concealed. Otherwise thieves can see that you have something worth stealing. When you go out, keep your bag zipped up and only take items you need out with you. Be aware of your surroundings and think about your route especially if you are on your own.

Protect yourself at night. When out in pubs and bars never leave your phone or handbag unattended even for a few seconds. Avoid using cash dispensers after dark or in isolated places. Don’t carry too much cash – only take out with you what you need.  Always use safe transport to get home and never walk home alone

Regretably, some students will become the victims of crime. Should this happen to you, confidential and impartial advice is available from the Student Advice Centre.

Hate Crime

Hate Crime is defined as any criminal offence committed against a person or their property that is motivated by hatred of someone because of their:

  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origin

  • Religion or belief

  • Gender or sexual identity

  • Sexual orientation

  • Disability (including disability due to mental health)

  • Age

Source: Challenge North Staffs

Challenge North Staffs is a new organisation which aims to promote the reporting of Hate Crime in the North Staffordshire area.Their mission is to “work towards the elimination of hate incidents in North Staffordshire to enable all members of the community to live in peace, free from fear and from hate, abuse or discrimination.” Click here for details

CACH is a multi-agency partnership dedicated to raising awareness of hate crime and incidents across the Chase district of Staffordshire. This is broadly defined as the areas from Stone in the North of the county to Wombourne in the South and includes all areas covered by Stafford Borough Council, Cannock Chase District Council and South Staffs. Council. They would like to encourage more people to report as both victims of, and witnesses to, hate incidents and crimes. Click here for details.

Additional Help and Advice

CopShop

Police Officers are on campus, at Stoke, in order to target crime affecting Students and Staff. You can report incidents directly to an officer or online from the CopShop web page. Click here to find out more.

Staffordshire Police

Please consult the Staffordshire Police advice pages. They contain useful information, that will help you reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. If you have been the victim of a hate crime please click here for information on making a report. If you are the target of any crime including domestic violence. Click here to find the pages that can help you. 

Victim Support

This is the national charity which helps people affected by crime, in England and Wales. They give free and confidential support, to help you deal with what you've been through as a victim or witness, whether or not you report the crime to the police. If you are going to court, the Witness Service can help you before, during and after the trial. Click here to go to the Victim Support Website

Remember: we do our best to link to only the best external sites but we cannot be held responsible for the quality or accuracy of such websites.

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