Welcome (back) to Durham

Durham is a very safe place to live with Durham University just being placed 3rd in a league table of the safest universities in the country as compiled by The Complete University Guide.

However, just like any other city we do have criminals who come to look for an easy target. They know that Durham has a large student population and they know the valuable equipment normally owned. They also often know your routine/timetable, so will know when you are out for meals, lectures, sports etc. It is therefore vital that you secure your rooms and property.

Most crimes are committed by opportunists. This means they are looking to take advantage of open windows or doors, a laptop left unattended in a library or lecture room, or a bike left unlocked in a poorly lit area. 

Crime Prevention relies on you using your common sense. There is no point having a reinforced door if you are not going to lock it, just as it is a waste of time having a window with toughened glass if you are going to leave it whilst you're out.

Try to keep your valuables with you, but if you need to leave them somewhere, make sure they are locked away securely.

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 Lock your doors and windows or you might get an unwanted hand in your room!


Crime Prevention

Crime is not the first thing you associate with being a student; however, you should be aware that, according to the NUS, one in five students will be a victim of crime while studying at college or university. You may not want to hear this, but criminals see students as easy targets.

NUS Use The Lock Campaign



This above website is designed to help keep Your House, Your Stuff and Yourself secure whilst you study. The Lock is packed full of information and helpful tips which will make sure you are prepared for your time as student.



Crime Prevention Advice







  • Mark your property with a UV pen. Your name and college will suffice and you can mark virtually anything. This may not prevent your property from being stolen, but will greatly improve your chances of getting it back if it is recovered by the Police. For laptops and mobile phones, take out the battery and mark inside the device before re-fitting the battery. Don’t write on the Screen !!  (you may laugh, but it has been done before !!)


  • Lock windows and doors when leaving the room, even if only going out for a short time. Burglars look for the easiest way in and it only takes a few seconds for someone to steal your property.


  • Don’t leave valuables unattended. This includes libraries, lecture rooms, bedrooms.


  • Don’t leave valuables in public view. When you have finished studying by the window, put your laptop out of sight.


  • At night close the curtains and leave a light on if you are not in the room (use a low energy bulb).


  • Consider using a timer switch to operate a table lamp or radio/hi-fi to help give the impression someone is in the room.


  • Don’t hold the door open for someone if you don’t know who they are. If you don’t want to challenge them, then leave the door closed.  If they are allowed access they will have a key of will know the keypad number.


  • Don’t leave fire doors propped open, allowing anyone easy access to your building.


  • Report any suspicious activity to college staff / security.


  • If you know a window has been left open in an unattended room tell a member of staff.


  • Don’t become complacent just because you are not in a ground floor room. You can still become a victim of crime if you leave doors/windows open. 


This is all standard crime prevention advice and is given to help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. It is also Common Sense.