As new students start to arrive for Freshers' Week in Bristol and Bath, the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens are reminding students about the importance of securing their property – both where they live and the stuff they own.
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.
"It is important that students across Avon and Somerset are safe and feel safe knowing that burglary will not be tolerated."
Bristol's District Commander Chief Superintendent Jon Stratford said: "We know there's a spike in burglaries in the parts of Bristol which are thought of as 'student areas' between September and November and this generally coincides with students arriving in the city for the start of the university term. Our research also tells us that students form a high proportion of burglary victims in these areas.
"Many students are living away from home for the first time and haven't really had to think about locking up a house or keeping their belongings safe before, which makes them more vulnerable. Plus with everything going on at the start of term, the need to protect property can get overlooked. This is why we're doing everything we can to protect students from burglars and thieves."
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Posted on Monday 23rd September 2013