Crime reduction and safety

For the 25th year we are running our Crime Reduction Fortnight to help staff, students and our University community feel safe on campus and around the city.

A female member of our security services team in her uniform smiling at two other people who have their backs to the camera

As a new academic year begins, we are keen to do everything possible to remain a safe and secure place to live, work and study.

Sheffield is reported to be one of the safest large cities in the UK, but like any big city anywhere in the world it is not crime free.

Our Security Services team has a wealth of knowledge and can provide advice, guidance, and answer any questions you may have about personal safety.

We will be holding crime reduction stalls from 10am to 4pm on Monday 25 (Information Commons), Wednesday 27 (Diamond), and Thursday 28 (Mappin Building). Members of Security Services and South Yorkshire Police will be answering questions, giving out useful freebies such as personal alarms and property marking kits, and demonstrating the best ways to keep you and your property as safe as possible.

Further crime reduction events will be run throughout the year across campus and student accommodation areas.

Reporting an incident

All incidents taking place on campus or at our student residences should be reported first to the Security Control:

In an emergency:
- SafeZone app: Red emergency button
- 24 hour line: 0114 222 4444

General enquiries:
- SafeZone app: Blue non-urgent button
- 24 hour line: 0114 222 4085
- Email:
- Other ways to contact us:

Incidents which should be reported include:
- Assaults
- Theft and burglary
- Anti-social behaviour such as noise complaints
- Incidents of a medical nature, whether its mental health issues or physical injuries
- Hate crime incidents
- Any other suspicious incidents of a security, safety or welfare nature

Download SafeZone

SafeZone is a free app which staff and students can use to alert University Security Services via mobile phone if you ever need emergency or non-urgent assistance or first aid, while on campus or in our residences. To download the app, visit: 

You can also view a variety of wellbeing resources within the SafeZone app via the Wellbeing Assistance button.

SafeZone is privacy protected, so will never share your location unless you request assistance. Sharing your location stops when an alert is cancelled or completed.

Contact us

In case of emergency call: +44 114 222 4444

In non-emergencies: +44 114 222 4085