Keeping Safe

Campus Safety and Student Watch

With the number of students who attend the University having increased by more than 10,000 over the last six years, the safety of students has and always will be a main priority for the University.

As a result of the large increase in the city population, there has been an increase in the number of opportunistic crimes which have been reported, including muggings and theft (even in the library). However, these can be avoided with a few simple tips! 

We strive to improve the University's safety rankings to benefit current and future students. 

What can you do?

  • Do not leave personal items unattended in public spaces (even in the library). 
  • Stick to main roads when walking home at night and avoid dimly lit shortcuts.
  • Avoid walking home on your own at night.
  • Drink responsibly. 
  • Take cash on nights out for a taxi home.
  • Sign up to Hampshire Alerts
  • Ignore and delete potentially fraudulent emails or phone calls requesting your bank details.
  • Make sure you're aware of the University's emergency contact details

Join Student Watch

By joining Student Watch you will help to make Portsmouth a safer city and improve community cohesion. Plus it is a great volunteering opportunity which will help to make you more attractive to employers!

  • Help to tackle local issues and concerns by giving advice. 
  • Be a point of contact for students with concerns regarding safety. 
  • Help set up events and feedback on results. 
  • Help to keep students safe by working alongside local police and the Students' Union. 

Training is provided and it is a great way to build your CV, while networking with the council, police and fellow students.

If you're interested in joining, please contact Dace Fairbrother (Police Liaison Officer):
T: 02392 84 5989
M: 07793 369726
E: dave.fairbrother@port.ac.uk

Reporting an incident

In the unfortunate case that you need to report an incident, contact the police in the case of an emergency on 999.

Alternatively, if the incident is not an emergency you can contact the University's Security and Surveillance team who are available 24 hours a day on the following contact information:
Emergency ext: 3333
Emergency Telephone: 02392 84 3333
Email: campus.security@port.ac.uk


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