Safer Students is a collaborative project between South Wales Police and all South Wales Universities (Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of South Wales (Treforest & Atrium), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David). Our dedicated Student Liaison Officers are on hand to help you settle in to your new campus and also to provide you with the knowledge you need to keep yourself and your friends safe.

Your local University Liaison Officers for all Cardiff and USW students are:

Swansea University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David University Liaison Officers are:

South Wales is one of the safest places to study in the UK, and we want to keep it that way. So whether you’re in Cardiff, Swansea or Treforest, you can stay safe, play safe and study safe by taking our advice. Scroll down for further information.

If you need to report an incident you can do so by:

 

Your house should be your safe space, so let’s keep it that way:

  • Lock all your doors and windows if you are heading out
  • Keep your valuables out of sight
  • Avoid leaving a spare key under the mat or plant pot

Remember, you can register your valuables over at www.immobilise.com

Make sure your night out is memorable for all the right reasons

  • Bars won’t serve anyone who is excessively drunk, you could be kicked out and they could lose their licence so pace yourself
  • Stick with your mates and try not to wander off alone
  • Plan your journey home and only use trusted and local taxi firms – check your Student Union for more information on these.

If you're on a night out and you need help take advantage of our Help Point/Safety Bus services. 

The Help Point is based in Swansea at the rear of the car park on The Strand and is staffed with nurses, paramedics, St Johns Ambulance and the police.

The Cardiff Safety Bus patrols the city centre every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night and will provide help to anyone who needs it. They are also around on all Varisty days and any other big events.

We’re working hard to break the chain between drug use and crime but we need your help

  • Drug dealing/consuming drugs can both have devastating effects on peoples lives
  • If you are offered drugs or you are offered forms of payment for delivering drugs, always say no – you could inadvertently be drawn into an organised crime group
  • If you’re concerned about drug use/dealing always report it

For more information and support please visit Dan 24/7

Social media is now a huge part of most peoples lives and is a great way to connect with others but be mindful that not everyone you meet online is genuine and your behaviour is broadcast for all to see:

  • Verify the person you’re chatting to, make sure they are who they say they are and never give out your personal information
  • Don’t post offensive or intimidating comments – this can be hurtful and potentially have a devastating effect on those targeted. Your future employers can also see this if they choose to look you up online, don’t ruin your chances before they’ve even begun!
  • Think about what you post and who can see it – if you wouldn’t be comfortable with a stranger seeing it, don’t post it.

Sex without consent is rape. Always make sure the other person want it to happen and if they are not, always stop.

A person can only give consent if they have capacity to do so. Someone cannot give consent if they are:

  • Drunk
  • Drugged
  • Asleep
  • Unconscious

Remember, if you change your mind and are not comfortable, you can and should always say no.

For more information visit www.consentiseverything.com

For Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse support you can get in touch with New Pathways by:

Phone: 01685 379310

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @newpathways_ 

 Sextortion happens when someone threatens to share your private and sexual content online unless you meet their demands:

  • Think before you share – can this person be trusted? If you are unsure then do not share any private content with them
  • Never give in to a blackmailer, whether they want financial payment or otherwise
  • You are not alone in this, always report it via 101 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers

You can get more information and support over at revengepornhelpline.org.uk

Bicycles are a great form of transport around your new city, however they are also attractive targets for thieves as they are easy to steal and sell on:

  • Record your bikes serial number so that if it is ever stolen we can identify it easily and increase your chances of getting it back
  • Always use a ‘sold secure’ D lock and try your best to attach your bike to a solid fixture
  • Make sure your bike is insured and registered with immobilise.com

Hate crimes are crimes that target individuals because of certain aspects of their lives. A Hate Crime can happen in many forms such as verbal or physical actions and can happen to a person because of their:

  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • How someone sees their gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability, including learning, physical and mental health.

Hate crime is never acceptable and should always be reported either directly to us or you can use our partners over at www.report-it.org.uk