Advice for students and staff
Sheffield is reported to be the safest large city in the UK, but like any big city, it is not crime free. It is sensible to take precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.
If you have any questions about personal security in your student residence or on campus, our Security Services team, have a wealth of knowledge and are happy to give you advice and guidance.
This key advice will help to keep you safe:
Cycling is a great way to keep fit and get around, but you need to make sure you secure your bike to prevent it from being stolen.
Types of locks
Cycle crime is on the up due to the use of poor quality locks. You need to make sure that you have a high quality lock that will keep your bike safe and secure. A general rule is to spend at least 10 per cent of the value of your bike on a lock. If you can, use two different types of lock to deter thieves. The Cycle Hut next to the Arts Tower sells a high quality D lock for £15 (student discount of 50 per cent).
Most locks only allow you to lock the frame and one wheel of your bike, so you may want to invest in two D locks, or buy a cable lock to secure the second wheel. Alternatively, you could combine a D lock with an ‘extension cable’ - a flexible cable with open loop ends which you can loop through the wheel you haven't locked and secure to the D lock before you secure it.
Quick release mechanisms can make it easy for thieves to steal your saddle and wheels, but you can replace the mechanisms with ordinary bolts or nuts. You could even remove the front wheel and secure it to the frame of the bike.
What to do if your bike is stolen
A hate crime is any crime that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. This can include abuse, name-calling, assault, blackmail, harassment, intimidation, bullying or exploitation. At the University of Sheffield we have a zero tolerance policy towards hate crime and ask that all forms of it are reported. By reporting incidents, you can help us provide support to those who need it and to understand where we need to focus our efforts when it comes to prevention.
How do I report a hate crime on campus?
If you have been a victim of hate crime or have witnessed a hate crime take place it is important to let us know. This information is also applicable to staff and students. In the first instance we recommended reporting it to Security Services. Call us on 0114 222 4085 (ext 24085).
Once a report has been made to Security Services, we can then report it formally to the Police. No action will be taken by the police unless the victim wishes them to do so. The Student Advice Centre is an official hate crime reporting centre. You can report a crime in person by visiting them on Level 3 of the Students’ Union, or calling them on 0114 222 8660. You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer, you can report a hate crime directly to South Yorkshire Police, either online or by visiting your local police station.
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Many people like to go out with friends to have a good time. This could mean going to a friend’s house, a pub, club, a music festival or event but this does not necessarily mean that alcohol or drugs would be involved.
However, given that some people do take drugs when they go out and that you can never tell exactly what an illegal drug contains or what effect it will have, they put themselves at serious risk of harm. There is no safe level of illicit drug use. If you suspect negative effects from drugs taken by you or someone else, remember that every second counts, so react fast and call an ambulance.
Please note that Police will not normally attend unless ambulance officers are threatened or there is a death.
Planning ahead, including thinking about how you will respond if you or someone else runs into trouble will help you to reduce the risk of anyone coming to harm if things do not go as planned. This section gives you some tips on how to make sure your social event is a memorable one and not for the wrong reasons.
When you are out make smart decisions. Some things to consider:
The University takes incidents of sexual violence very seriously and wants to ensure that any students affected are able to access appropriate information and support.
Sexual violence can take many forms but in general refers to unwanted sexual acts or activity, including, but not limited to, rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. These can be committed by strangers, by someone you know, or by someone of the same sex. They can also take place within a relationship or a marriage.
What to do if you’ve been assaulted
No matter how you’re feeling it is important to remember that no-one has the right to hurt or threaten you. Even if the incident does not result in any physical injuries, it can still be regarded as an assault. Regardless of physical injury, assault can have an emotional effect.
Often victims know the perpetrators of the assault, and incidents can happen anywhere.
Report all assaults to Security Control on our 24-hour line 0114 222 4085 (ext 24085) or in an emergency only 0114 222 4444 (ext. 4444). If you don’t feel safe in your accommodation or on academic campus please let us know.
It can be extremely frightening to be the victim of an assault. As well as being hurt or physically injured you may also feel emotional trauma. Support is available:
The Student Services Information Desk (SSiD) on Level 3 of the Students’ Union can offer you advice, and point you in the direction of further support within Student Services if you feel that you may need it.
You can also speak to staff in the Student Advice Centre.
You can also approach a Students’ Union Officer, or someone in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy.
University students have been increasingly targeted by criminals to facilitate their illegal money laundering operations.
Those struggling with financial pressures could be vulnerable to money laundering frauds and targeted as ‘money mules’. A money mule is someone who allows criminals or fraudsters to ‘launder’ (or transfer) money through their bank account in return for cash.
If you become a money mule your bank account may be closed or frozen and you may be drawn into criminal activity without realising it. You could even be charged with a criminal offence and face a
How you can stay protected:
If you think that your bank account may have been misused, or that you have become involved in a
Visit UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCIA) for guidance about frauds and scams.
Stay safe principles
The personal safety of staff and students at the University of Sheffield is paramount, and with this in mind we wanted to share with you the Government's advice on what to do in the unlikely event of a safety threat such as firearms or terrorist activity on campus.
Whilst there are no specific threats to the University of Sheffield, the UK’s national threat level remains at severe and we want to ensure that everyone is informed about how to stay safe and secure on campus and in your student residence.
The Government's advice in such incidents is to ensure you follow the Stay Safe principles: Run, Hide, Tell.