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Security on Campus

Salford and neighbouring Manchester, like any big cities, have areas that are less safe than others. When you are new to a place and don’t know where the safe and dangerous places are, you can be especially vulnerable.

Be aware about your personal security by following these basic rules:

  • Avoid isolated places, especially at night.
  • Stick to well-lit routes where there are people in sight.
  • Try not to be out alone after dark.
  • If you are going out late, try to tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to be back.
  • When using cash machines, look behind you - watch out for people watching you.
  • Try not to use cash machines late at night.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash around with you.
  • Mobile phones, laptop computers, digital music players are attractive to thieves. Be careful about where you take them and how you use them.
  • Never get into a taxi on the street unless it is a black cab. Only use a private-hire cab that you have booked by phone.
  • Don’t accept lifts from strangers.
  • Trust your gut feelings and avoid persons and situations that make you feel uncomfortable.

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  • Protect your belongings by locking your office/room door every time you leave
  • Don’t leave purses, book bags, laptops and other valuables unattended.
  • Keep valuables out of sight in your car.
  • Don’t allow ‘tailgaters’ to enter secured doors behind you.
  • Protect yourself by using the campus bus service.
  • Jog or bike during daylight only in areas you are familiar with and stay within the University Circle if you live on campus.
  • Use the free campus bus service to travel safely around University.

Be safe in your student home

This may be the first time you have lived away from home, or the first time that you have shared a house or flat.


  • Your house or flat will probably have a shared entrance door. Always lock the door after you. Do not allow anyone in until you are sure who they are
  • Do not leave ID cards, cash cards, money, cheque books or keys lying around - do not put temptation in the way of your housemates or visitors
  • Never leave your room unlocked when you leave it - even if it is only for a short period of time. Make sure all windows are closed and locked, even upper floor windows
  • Insure your personal belongings

We provide you with security information as part of your induction activities. Make sure you attend the security talk.

Security on campus

  • The University Security team are here to help and assist students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In an emergency you can contact them at any time on 0161 295 3333. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call this number to report any problems, harassment, crime or incidents.
  • For non-emergencies (e.g. suspicious incidents) you can also call security on 0161 295 4773/4107.
  • Many parts of the academic campus are served by CCTV cameras, which are monitored 24 hours a day from a central control room in Maxwell Building. Staff and students also watch over the campus and each other as part of the Campuswatch scheme.
  • Our new campus police Officers, PC Steve Williams and PC Jimmy Riley, can give advice on safety and security. They are available on 0161 856 5127 or by email and
  • They work with campus security to:
    -Hold police surgeries
    -Help with Property Marking
    -Carry out 1-1 advice
    -Give out talks to new students 
  • The local police station is Pendleton Police Station and is located at Salford Shopping City, Hankinson Way. It is open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Telephone: 0161 872 5050.

    If you do not feel comfortable talking to the Police or Campus Security, go to :

    Student Life, University House (0161 295 0023) or
    the Students’ Union Advice Centre, University House (0161 736 7811).

The University Security services include:

  • provision of a dedicated team of in-house staff who maintain a security presence on academic sites and oversee contract guards at residential accommodation sites and small campuses.
  • a dedicated central control room, in Maxwell Building, which operates 24hrs a day, 365 days a year to provide help and assistance to staff and students.
  • access control systems and burglar alarms.
  • out-of-hours access to students and visitors.

Lost Property

  • Lost property is logged at the reception areas at Allerton and Maxwell Buildings.
  • It is then sent to Adelphi as the main holding centre. It will be stored for three months only.
  • For lost and found enquiries, ring 0161 295 6104,or call the local police station on 0161 872 5050.
  • Mark all your property with your name and/or your home postcode.
  • The local police offer a free property marking service.
  • Ultra violet pens, for marking property, can be borrowed from the Students’ Union Advice Centre in University House, or Student Life in University House.

The Police

  • Most police officers that you will meet are unarmed and not connected with the military forces.
  • Police officers are very approachable and will be happy to help you with guidance or information.
  • A police officer from the Greater Manchester Police works with The University of Salford to create a safer environment for students and staff on campus. You can contact PC Steve Williams on 0161 856 5007.
  • There are strict guidelines to ensure that, if arrested, you are treated fairly at all times.
  • While under arrest and in police custody, you are entitled to free legal advice from an independent solicitor before you are questioned.

If the police, ambulance or fire service are required :

  • dial 999 - it is a free call
  • tell the operator which service you require
  • this is to be used in emergencies only

For non emergencies (for example, if a burglary has already occurred):

  • dial 0845 6060606

Keeping Students Safe and Secure on Campus

The University is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all students whilst they are on campus or based at our accommodation sites.