Staying Safe this Christmas

How you can keep yourself safe over the Christmas period

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As the days are becoming shorter and the nights are drawing in, the Christmas period is shortly around the corner. 

Be Sure You’re Secure is a crime prevention campaign created by Staffordshire Police to provide residents and drivers with safety advice on how to keep homes and vehicles secure this winter. 

Around this time of the year, residential burglaries are on the rise and with the extra hours of darkness and absence from homes and vehicles due to festive events, the difficulty of break ins is reduced.  

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter by staying vigilant and following a few easy crime prevention steps. 

  • Lock all doors and windows including vehicles when unattended at any point 

  • Draw curtains or close blinds when absent from your property 

  • Don't leave any valuables in sight including from sight of a window or on the dashboard of your vehicle  

  • Store keys such as house or car keys away from windows, doors or letterboxes to prevent ‘fishing’ theft methods 


If you are heading home this Christmas and leaving your accommodation unattended over the holiday period, here are a few safety reminders to ensure you leave your property secure and safe whilst you are gone:  

  • Turn off and unplug any electrical equipment including TVs or electric heaters 

  • Turn off all your lights  

  • Turn your heating down 

  • Clear any rubbish or recycling before you leave  

  • Consider informing your landlord that you are leaving your accommodation over the Christmas period 

  • Try not to publicise that your accommodation will be empty over the Christmas period  

If you are staying in the area over the Christmas period, campus security will be available 24/7. You can contact campus security by calling 01782 294837 or email  

Stay safe this Christmas period, and we can’t wait to see you back in the new year!