Keeping students safe is one of police's priorities
STUDENTS starting at the University of Bolton have been advised to stay safe while they are having fun.
Police attended the university’s halls of residence — Orlando Village in Thynne Street and The Hollins in Radcliffe Road — to speak to students as they collected their keys for the start of the new term.
Police Community Supp-ort Officers, police and a detective were on hand to get freshers clued up up on how to avoid falling foul of crime.
PC Rick Charlesworth, from Bolton Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Student safety is a massive subject. Parents are bringing children here for the first time.
“Students can be vulnerable when it’s their first time away from home. They want to meet new people and they are probably not fully aware of what goes on in certain areas.
“We make them aware of self safety and tell them how to get their property marked.”
He said students are also being told about student safety zones, which can be found on the GMP phone app.
Businesses taking part in the scheme will display a student safe purple logo at the front of the business.
Students who feel unsafe, vulnerable or unwell are able to enter and ask staff to call them a taxi or the emergency services, if necessary.
More than 10 businesses in Bolton are taking part, including Game in Newport Street, The Brass Cat in Churchgate and The Loft in Deane Road.
Leaflets about how to mark and register property were available along with information about the legislation for driving in the UK for students from overseas.
PCSO Gareth Walker, a traffic officer, said: “If students are coming from all over the world different legislations apply to different countries.
“Drivers need to make sure they are legally on the roads and make sure they are safe on the roads whether they are cycling, driving or walking.”
Det Con Keith Galley, a prevent engagement officer for Bolton and Bury, was warning students of tell-tale signs to look out for in friends who might be at risk of going down the wrong path and getting into trouble.
He works to prevent violent extremism and advised students to share any concerns they have.
Jason Pendlebury, halls of residence team leader, said more than 390 students were moving into the accomm-odation, adding: “It is important from a safety awareness perspective that we take our position very seriously. We want to make sure our students are safe at all times.
“I think students will be reassured by the police’s advice and student safety zones. Some young people have the tendency to drink too much and it’s important that there are people who can identify that.”
Police will be offering more support to students over the coming weeks.
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