Campaigns to target students in Bishopston

October 01 2013
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With a new year getting under way at the city’s universities, students are being urged to be good neighbours and to avoid falling victim to crime.

With a new year getting under way at the city’s universities, students are being urged to be good neighbours and to avoid falling victim to crime.

A month-long campaign called Bins Out will target specific roads in Bishopston, Redland, Horfield, Clifton and Cabot where there have been complaints from residents about overflowing bins, messy front gardens and anti-social behaviour.

As part of the initiative by Bristol City Council, Bristol University, UWE and police community support officers, student households will receive information packs on being a good neighbour, how to report crime and how to recycle their waste, including QR codes that can be stuck to bins and scanned by a smartphone, taking the user straight to information on the internet about when to put out their bins.

“Door knocks” began on Monday, September 23, and come as police are also out raising awareness of crime among the new arrivals.

Officers working under Operation Relentless will be attending freshers’ events, visiting halls of residence and going door to door at students’ houses to offer advice on protecting their valuables.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Burglary is extremely disruptive and can be especially upsetting if you’re a student, living away from home.

“Unfortunately the arrival of students provides rich pickings for criminals who know that most students will have valuables such as laptops, MP3 players and mobile phones.  However, together we must ensure that criminals aren’t given this opportunity.”

Students are advised to register their property at  www.immobilise.com, to lock doors and windows and to mark their items with SmartWater or special sticky labels.

For crime prevention advice, visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk. For more on the Bins Out campaign, visit www.bristol.gov.uk/binsout.