If you’ve been robbed on campus contact the Emergency Campus helpline on 01 7167999. We can offer immediate assistance and involve the Gardai if appropriate. Report crimes immediately. Don’t wait to report a crime. The longer you leave it, the worse things can get for you. It is important that we are aware of any crimes on campus so we can increase our security arrangements where necessary.
How to keep your belongings safe
- Don’t leave items on show anywhere. Not on an exposed windowsill, not in a shared kitchen, not in a room you think is secure, not in a car. If it’s visible to others, it’s a temptation for thieves.
- Don’t plug your devices into a common area round the campus to charge and walk away to have a coffee/go to class.
- Do not give your Student Card to anyone ever.
- Back up your files. What would you do if your hard drive crashes on your computer or laptop, What about your digital photos and music files? Make backups of your electronic files so you don’t have to start from scratch again.
- Lock doors, even if you’re only going away for a few moments. If you’re leaving the area, keep it secure!
- Password protect computers, laptops, USB sticks, etc. Yes, even USB sticks. If you don’t secure them with password details, they could fall into the wrong hands and your personal data, passwords, and important documents could be compromised.
- Check the safety of properties you may rent. If you can see a number of easy access points, would you really want to keep your personal and expensive belongings in an unsecure area?
- Don’t let people follow through in secured areas. If you want to keep your belongings safe don’t let anyone in just because they happen to be behind you. It’s bad enough when people you don’t know are visiting others within the communal area, but at least you won’t add to the problem by letting anyone in off the street.
These are just a few ideas. The main thing is to be alert, take it seriously and don’t let ease trump security.