Know How.

"50% of burglaries are through an insecure door or window."

Click on the tabs below for useful tips on how to stay safe and avoid crime.


  • SHUT UP.

    Half of burglaries take place through insecure properties. Ensure all windows and doors are locked at all times - particularly ground floor windows & cellar doors.


    When you leave the house keep all of your valuables hidden. It just takes a few seconds but can keep them secure if you are burgled. Also, register your electrical items for free on: By doing this, the police can return to you any stolen items if they are recovered.


    When you leave your house at night give the impression someone is still in and leave a small light on. Also, try to avoid leaving the house in one big group, as this is an obvious way to advertise your empty home to opportunist burglars.



    Knowledge & West Yorkshire Police recommend using a D-lock. Visit to see if your lock has been tested & approved.

  • MARK IT.

    Make a note of your bike’s model & serial number – as well as marking it with your postcode to aid in its recovery if stolen. Keep an eye out for bike marking events held throughout the year at Leeds University and Leeds Met.


    Using a helmet, front & rear light & Hi-Vis clothing when cycling at night can be real a life saver.



    Always keep an eye on yours & your friends' drinks and don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know. You can also use a spikey to protect your drinks. Visit the NHS website for more information on pprevention and symptoms.


    Thefts are a common occurrence at house parties. Make sure you know everyone that’s attending and keep your valuables secure & hidden. Open doors may be an easy option but if they are convenient for you then they'll be as convenient for an offender.


    Thefts of bags and phones in bars and clubs are on the rise. Never leave bags unattended and try to keep them securely fastened. 



    Stick to well lit and busy streets and try to walk home in a group. If alone, tell a friend where you are going and when you expect to return. Using a mobile phone in a busy area advertises the fact that you have a piece of valuable property and while talking on the phone you are distracted and not aware of who might be a potential thief. If you think you are being followed, cross the road and keep walking confidently. If it continues, head for a busy area or lighted house to ask for help.


  • When you’re at a cash machine keep an eye on whoever is behind you. And don’t count your money in the middle of the street.

             AMBER CARS.

  • If don't have enough money for a taxi or private hire car (they are different - check out our section below), you can use your student card as payment with Amber Cars. Simply pass them your card, and your students' union will pay the fare for you. You can then re-collect your card from the union the next day and repay the money owed. Please note this only applies to Leeds Met and Leeds Uni students.


  • There’s a big difference between taxis and private hire vehicles: taxis are black and white vehicles that can be hailed; private hire cars (like Amber Cars) are personal vehicles that must be contacted through an operator. The private hire cars MUST be booked in advance.

  • If you don’t book in advance, you’re not insured if the driver has a nasty accident. Also, hailing a private hire means that the fare is technically off the radar, allowing the driver to charge you more than the going rate.

  • Be 'aware' and follow these 5 steps!
    1. Always pre-book: Only use a licensed taxi or pre-booked private hire vehicle

    2. Wait for it to arrive: Never get into a vehicle other than the one you have booked or a Hackney carriage you have hailed in the street or at a taxi rank

    3. Always check their badge: Confirm the driver is licensed and that they have a badge

    4. Ride with friends: Sharing a vehicle is a great idea and always sit in the back seats

    5. Enter only when sure: If you have any doubts, don’t get in and order another vehicle


  • They are psychoactive substances (often branded as "Research Chemicals" to navigate around legal loopholes) that mimic both the appearance and the effects of controlled drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.

  • However, since 2010 MCAT has been a class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

  • Due to their altered chemical make-up, little research has been conducted into their effects - both short-term and long-term. However, these drugs have been known to induce seizures and comas or, in some cases, cause death. 




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