Going to university is an exciting time in any young person’s life.

The prospect of leaving home, making new friends and gaining your independence won’t be far from your mind, but as well as planning your freshers’ week, it’s important to think about protecting you and your friends from crime.

Sadly, crime is an issue that affects students every year but there are plenty of simple steps you can take to help keep you and your belongings safe.

From keeping your Tablet, Laptop and Mobile Phone secure to staying safe on a night out in town, there’s lots of think about.

To help, we’ve put together some advice. So, whether you’re enrolling at a university in Essex or heading to pastures new, take a few minutes to read through our tips.

For more advice you can contact one of our crime-reduction officers who will be able to advise you further on security, personal safety and looking after your personal belongings.

The National Union of Students has lots of expert advice on offer. It’s teamed up with the Home Office to launch The Lock, an interactive website full of advice to help make your student experience a safer one.