‘Stay safe’ warning to new students from Falkirk’s chief inspector

Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong
Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong

It’s that time of year when some of our young adults will head off to experience their first taste of student life.

Falkirk officers have been participating in and promoting the national online student safety campaign #BELIKEALEX, which offers safety advice to new students and a timely reminder to those returning for the new session.

The campaign aims to increase students’ awareness of personal safety and the safety of property to ensure our young people have the best start to student life.

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Our advice is to party safe, look after your friends, be sensible with how much you drink and avoid illegal drugs and/or new psycho-active substances.

Avoid getting involved in anti-social behaviour, it can have long term effects on your life and career.

Take care when arranging accommodation and make sure potential landlords have the appropriate local authority license.

Are there working 
locks on doors and windows?

Always record details of all valuables and mobile property and take out contents insurance.

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It’s important as well to look after financial records, your online passwords, bank cards, passports and driving licenses to ensure you don’t become a victim of identity theft.

There’s plenty of advice on our website advising students how to stay safe online and how not to fall victim of crime.

You can find out more about our safety tips for students in the student safety guide online and follow our postings on social media #BELIKEALEX in the coming weeks.

Along with the universities and colleges our aim is to keep students safe and to enjoy their academic experience.