I have been asked what tips I could give to new undergrads at university, with more and more muggings and attacks on students what precautions should be taken, so I’m going to use the post to spread some good old fear uncertainty and doubt.
Students are perceived buy some as rich and elites, money is spent on student flats that was intended to be spend on regenerating the area and local economy, In short they all hate you.
Never wear an ID card under any circumstances, the ID card is like a beacon attracting the assailant to you. Lots of universities are enforcing the use of lanyards it is a government led initiative, it’s intended to protect the more vulnerable students, and it is a shame that it has the opposite effect of protecting students.
Get a muggers wallet, a mugger’s wallet is a wallet that you don’t mind losing, it should contain some change, some old reseats an ID card that you don’t mind losing library card etc. or perhaps an out of date credit card.
Tell no one you are a student, student areas are usually quite deprived areas, the local counsel usually use the students to regenerate a deprived area, how they think students with their complete lack of funds and general hygiene issues could regenerate an area, Either way they all hate you.
Do what a mugger says, there are ways of you getting the money back from the university and hole department set up to help you don’t risk your life over noting.