Personal Safety Guide
Our Personal Safety Guide provides invaluable information and advice on how to stay safe, both on and off campus. Pick up a hard copy from a Security Control Room or download a copy here.
Advice regarding crime prevention is available from the entire Security Service team. We have a good working relationship with the local crime prevention police at Bethnal Green and can arrange meetings with them for further consultation.
“Take five to stop fraud” campaign launched, click on the link for further information: https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk
|Phishing||Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by illegally impersonating a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.|
|Ransomware||This is a form of malware that attacks your computer, locking you out and demanding payment in the form of a ‘fine’ to have it unlocked. The warning page distributed by the fraudsters, typically uses logos from both the Metropolitan Police and the Police Central Crime e-Crime Unit (PCEU) to make it look more like an official warning notice.|
|Spoofing||Fraudsters typically clone the telephone number of the organisation they want to impersonate and then make it appear on the victim’s caller ID display when they telephone them on a landline.|
The fraudsters will then gain the person’s trust by highlighting the number to them, claiming that this is proof of their identity, before trying to defraud them in various ways.
If you think you have been a victim of cyber-enabled economic fraud you should report this it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you are a victim of online abuse or harassment, you should report it to your local police force.
For general advice on how to stay safe online go to www.GetSafeOnline.org
'The Little Book of Cyber Scams' this booklet has been written with the intention of offering basic preventative advice, to the general public, about how to stay safe in the cyber world: http://www.met.police.uk/docs/little-book-cyber-scams.pdf
Top ten safety tips
- Do not allow people you don’t know to follow you into your accommodation.
- Do not leave your room unattended and unlocked with property on display.
- Ensure the entrance door to your accommodation is firmly shut behind you.
- Ensure doors and windows are shut when rooms are unoccupied, including communal ones.
- Ensure you have a high quality lock when securing your bike.
- Do not leave drinks unattended, use anti-spiking devices if available.
- Do not walk in dimly lit areas alone, stick to busy main roads.
- Do not leave phones, laptops or bags unattended, even if just getting a book in the library, or coffee in the café, be aware of 'phone snatch' click here to find out more.
- Report suspicious activity / people to security immediately.
- UV mark all valuable items, including bicycles. For advice or UV Pens you can contact the SNT Police Team at the East Gate or email: MileEnd.GlobeTown.SNT@met.police.uk
Download your copy of 'Top Ten Tips' here
The citizenAID App
Simply download the free, no adds citizenAID App from either Google Play, Apple App or the Windows store.
The citizenAID App will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation. Follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us… to help you… to save lives.
The citizenAID app is free to the UK public and is designed initially for use in the UK. Access is left open internationally for the wider public good, but recognising there is detail that relates only to the UK (such as emergency service phone number).