Loughborough safety squad to visit student homes

October 21, 2011 by  

Loughborough’s Safety Squad are visiting up to 4,000 students in their student homes in an attempt to raise awareness about how to stay safe as the new university term starts.

In a joint initiative between Loughborough University, Charnwood Council and Leicestershire Police, the safety partnership will target known student areas such as the Kingfisher region. The teams will knock on the doors of homes and give out face to face advice to students.

The campaign is centred on safety but also offers a chance for local authorities to build bridges with students that are new to the area and to promote the services on offer to them. The safety squad will distribute a handbook created by the students union which gives tips on student life and how to stay safe. This is the kind of information that can easily be collated and made into a booklet by experienced brochure printers.

Loughborough’s safety squad will also give out information on recycling, personal safety, parking and alcohol free zones in the hope that by equipping students with the right kind of information from the start of term, they will easily settle into life in Loughborough and will cause less friction with their neighbours and the local authorities.

David Snartt is a councillor for community safety. He commented on the safety squad campaign, saying:

“Our annual door-knocking campaign has proven to be extremely effective in getting vital environmental and crime prevention messages out to our student population. Our officers visit each house personally to meet students on a one-to-one basis, give advice and answer questions about staying safe, enjoying themselves responsibly and being good neighbours.”

The safety squad campaign started on 3rd October.