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Students urged to beware burglars.

STUDENTS at Warwick University are being warned to be on guard against burglars following a spate of raids on their lodgings.

The worst affected have been those living in the Leamington area, which has a growing population of students who study at the Gibbet Hill campus, but live out, mostly in rented digs.

Warwickshire police and Warwick District Council have now teamed up to try to get students to be more security conscious.

A booklet aimed at students and giving basic advice about home security has been distributed to letting agents in the town.

The booklet was written by PC Gary Knight of the police's community safety department.

He said: "We want to raise awareness of security issues for people who are moving to the town.

"Regardless of which part of the area they live in, if they take the advice in this booklet it will improve their security.

"Security is certainly an issue and we are trying to prevent the thefts happening in the first place."

Advice in the booklet includes making sure all doors and windows are locked and secured.

Warwickshire police spokeswoman Cathy Ward said the problem was particularly noticeable when students went on holiday.

The booklet advises people to remove all valuables and electrical goods when they go away, leaving a note inside a window saying the place has been vacated but there are no valuables inside.

Students are also advised to leave curtains open, making sure nothing is on view and to have all valuables postcoded with an ultraviolet pen.

For more advice ring Leamington police on 01926 451111 and ask for the community safety department.
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Date:Oct 13, 2000
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