Keep Your Car or Bike Safe

Car: 

  • When moving in or out of your house, don’t leave your car unlocked, even for a few seconds. Criminals know when students will be moving in and out and will be watching for insecure cars. 
  • Remove all valuables from inside of the car and take these with you.  If they are too bulky, lock them in the boot and keep them out of sight.
  • If your sat-nav holder is stuck to the windscreen, remove it and wipe off the sucker mark, and leave the glove box open.  This may seem a little long-winded, but a thief will notice this and take the opportunity to break and see if think a sat nav is hidden inside the car.
  • Trailing wires for iPod’s and sat-navs are an invitation for a thief to look further. Tuck all wires away or take them with you
  • Leave your glove box open to show that there are no valuables hidden in the car.
  • Park in a well-lit spot, preferably under a street light where possible.
  • Tamper proof screws fitted to your number plate will prevent theft of the plate and therefore prevent it being cloned. Pop to the local garage and ask them fit some.

Bike:

  • Always lock your bicycle, even if you are leaving it for just a few minutes.
  • Avoid isolated places and leave your bike where it can be seen.
  • Hardened steel D-shaped locks are recommended as the minimum lock standard. Reduced price D-Shaped locks are available at a discounted price of £10 from the Campus Police Room (run by West Midlands Police), based on campus in University Centre. They are open on Wednesdays from 12noon until 3pm.
  • Lock your bike to a closed anchor point – for example a bike rack or ground rings. Thieves can remove drainpipes and lift bikes off signposts!
  • Stop thieves smashing locks open, by lifting them up and away from the ground.  Keep the gap between the bike and the lock as small as possible.
  • Secure removable parts and lock both the wheels and the frame together.