What is SaferU?
“One in five students will be a victim of crime while studying at college or university,” according to the National Union of Students. This can include verbal abuse or threats of violence; physical mistreatment; vandalism or property damage; theft, burglary or robbery.
There are over two million students studying in the UK; that’s a population larger than that of Latvia. We estimate that approximately 400,000 crimes are committed against students each year. The impact of crime on young people is a serious issue and one where universities, law enforcement, student employers and students take an active interest.
As a result, Crimestoppers created SaferU – an initiative, run by student volunteers, which places emphasis on prevention and personal safety awareness.
Students who are part of the SaferU scheme will run campaigns and initiatives to provide other students with advice on how to keep themselves and their belongings safe whilst at university.
Why should I be a part of SaferU?
In an increasingly competitive jobs market, volunteering has a major influence on employability. 82% of recent graduates included volunteering on their CV and 78% discussed their volunteering experiences at interviews.
“When I see two graduates whose CVs read the same, I look for activities like volunteering which give the CV a unique selling point.” James Caan (entrepreneur and former star of BBC TV’s Dragon’s Den).
Being part of a volunteer scheme during university proves to future employers you are driven, proactive and self-motivated. By participating in the SaferU scheme you will be showing that you have an awareness of your environment and you are motivated to impact people’s lives around you positively.
Click here to read the SaferU students' toolkit (PDF), which will tell you all you want to know about the SaferU scheme.
How do I get involved?
The SaferU group is currently being formed! Find out more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.