Are you a student in Sheffield? Do you know what’s at the end of your drink?
To coincide with ‘freshers’ week’ 2015, South Yorkshire Police have joined forces with both Sheffield universities and their unions to remind students of the link between alcohol and violent crime.
Statistics have shown that students in Sheffield are more likely to become the victims of alcohol-fuelled violence than the rest of the city's population.
Figures from September 2014 until June 2015 show that alcohol was an aggravating factor in 22% (57) of 256 violence against the person type offences involving students.
Across the same period, the figure of alcohol as an aggravating factor in violent offences fell to 16% (172) of 1052 for the general population.
Know your limits
Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, who leads the police’s response to violent crime in the city, said: “We are not the fun police and I know how exciting it is to be a student, particularly when you’re living away from home for the first time.
“Our message is a simple one around knowing your limits and not letting one extra drink result in what can be life-altering consequences.
“I’ve seen the results of alcohol-fuelled violence too many times and a drunken scuffle can result in life-defining consequences for both the victim and the perpetrator.
“There can be little worse than seeing someone’s future jeopardised because of one drunken mistake. A conviction can profoundly affect your career prospects and make travelling to certain countries difficult.
“Sheffield is safe city and a fantastic place to be based during your university years. We are working alongside both Sheffield universities to remind students of the simple steps they can take to keep themselves safe as they embark on what is a very exciting time.”
Burglary, phone theft and cycle theft
The univiersities and unions are running joint campaigns advising students on how to prevent phone theft and burglary, also in partnership with the force.
Burglary advice to students:
· Keep your doors & windows locked at all times
· Use your burglar alarm if you have one
· Get your valuables logged for free at Immobilise.com
· Leave a light on if you're out at night - make sure your house looks lived in
· Be sure that valuables are out of view from windows and doors
Tips to avoid phone theft:
· Never leave your phone on view when out in public
· Download free phone tracking apps
· Get your phone registered for free at Immobilise.com
· Keep your bags fastened and with you at all times
· Make sure you use a keypad lock
Visit Sheffied Hallam Student's Union's Crime and Safety page
Visit University of Sheffield's Security page
Keeping your bike safe
Are you a student who cycles around the city? Click here for advice on keeping your bike safe, and see our graphic below.