Safer Students aims to provide crime prevention, safety and general advice for all university students across South Wales.
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.
Student Liaison Officers
Your local University Liaison Officers for all Cardiff and USW students 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:
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.
Say no to drugs
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
Concerned about spiking?
What is spiking?
Spiking is when someone puts alcohol or drugs into another person’s drink or body without their consent or knowledge.
This is illegal even if no other offences committed.
People can also be the victims of needle spiking, which is injecting someone with drugs without their consent.
Spiking can happen to anyone anywhere- no matter their gender, sexuality or ethnicity - and can be carried out by strangers or by people you know.
What should I do if I think I've been spiked?
Call 999 or 101 to report it to the police.
We need to know about every possible spiking so we can investigate even if no other crime has taken place.
If you are out in a bar or club, you can report to a member of staff who will be able to help and support you.
If you are injured or have symptoms you are worried about after being spiked, call 111.
If you think you've been sexually assaulted, go to your nearest sexual assault referral centre (SARC) for specialist care and support.
If you've been affected by crime and you need confidential support or information, you can also call Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.
I'm anxious about reporting to the police
We know it can be scary to report being spiked but the police are here to help you.
We will listen to you and take you seriously.
It is not a crime to have a illegal drugs in your system (unless you are driving) so please don't let this stop you reporting spiking.
What happens when I'm tested?
We will take a non-invasive urine sample. Some drugs leave the body in a very short time (within 12 hours), so it's important to test as soon as possible.
Other drugs remain in the body longer, so testing will be considered up to seven days after the incident.
The test we use is the most effective way of finding out whether you have been spiked.
If you are tested in a hospital or by your GP, you will need to also have a police test, as this is what can be used as evidence to support charges or convictions.
If you tell the police how much you have drunk and whether you have voluntarily taken drugs, we will be able to provide a more accurate result.
What happens next?
The test results will come back in three weeks and we will keep you updated on progress.
What else is South Wales Police doing in response to concerns about spiking?
South Wales Police has an excellent history of partnership working and we provide training to staff at city centre licensed premises to help them identify and safeguard vulnerable people, and we regularly see examples of where this training has paid off.
Our officers work closely with licensed premises and if incidents occur, we alert them to spiking methods and ask them to be extra vigilant.
We take all reports seriously and encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of spiking in any form to contact us.
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.
No means no
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:
Remember, if you change your mind and are not comfortable, you can and should always say no.
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:
Religion or Belief
How someone sees their gender
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