14 October 2013
Kent Police and the University are advising students to be extra vigilant following several reports of a suspicious man wearing a mask in the North Holmes Road Campus area.
Both the police and the University’s security team have stepped up their presence in the area, following reports of a female student being approached by the suspicious male, who is described as white, 5ft 11 inches tall, of skinny build, wearing a black hooded top, dark jeans and a white mask.
Kent Police has issued an appeal for witnesses to the incidents, the latest of which involved a female student being ‘grabbed’ by a male, before running away, on Friday night (October 11th).
The appeal can be accessed on Kent Police website: www.kent.police.uk/news/latest_news/131014_students.html
The University is encouraging students to follow the personal safety advice being issued by police. This includes:
•stick to well-lit and busy areas, particularly at night - avoid shortcuts through isolated areas
•avoid travelling alone at night travel with others or book a licensed taxi before you go
•plan your route before you go and let others know where you're going and when you'll be home
•look and act confidently - look like you know where you are going, 'walk tall'
•if possible, spread your valuables around your person (ie keep your phone in a bag, your house keys in a pocket and your money in a jacket)
•try not to be conspicuous about the valuables you are carrying - talking on your mobile, carrying a laptop or showing your friends your new jewellery all show thieves you are worth robbing
•if you use a wheelchair, keep your belongings beside you rather than at the back of your chair
•be alert to what's going on around you. For example, when out walking or jogging, don't listen to MP3 players through headphones
•wear bright or reflective clothing so you can be seen
•don’t accept a lift from someone you don’t know, an unregistered taxi or from anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
•if you think you’re being followed, head towards a busy area and tell someone. If needed, call the police.
For more information and to download a guide to personal safety, visit: www.kent.police.uk/advice/personal/protect_yself.html
Meanwhile, the University advises students to report suspicious incidents to Kent Police if a crime is in progress or life is in danger – 999. For non-urgent enquiries call 101.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey