Staying Safe in London
King’s is located right in the heart of London and we want to make sure you have the best time possible while you’re here. As with any City, you need to take steps to make sure you stay safe in order to make the best of it!
NUS has loads of info about staying safe as a student through their campaign ‘The Lock’. Visit the NUS website for helpful tips on how to safeguard your belongings, your home and yourself!
Mobile Phone Fraud
The National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) is warning students about mobile phone fraud taking place at UK universities. The scam involves students signing up to mobile phone contracts on behalf of a private company. The students are offered small monthly payments but it's actually a chance for the scammers to get hold of personal information like bank details. Avoid the scam by:
Never giving information by email, text, letter or phone unless you're sure it's to a reputable company or person.
Check your bank statements carefully and report anything unusual.
shred your bills and bank statements, and keep your personal documents somewhere secure.
Change passwords regularly.
If you think you've been affected by the scam:
Tell your bank as soon as possible.
Change your passwords and security questions regularly.
Get a copy of your credit report. If you see any entries from companies you don't usually deal with, contact them immediately.
Get in touch with the NMPCU.
Action Fraud can give advice on how to protect yourself from fraud.
Navigating your way around London can be tricky, particularly after dark. You can avoid making yourself a target by planning your route in advance and travelling with others.
Transport for London (TfL) provide lots of useful travel tools to enable you to choose safe routes home, including their journey planner and night bus route maps.
Taxis and minicabs are a popular way to travel at night, but it’s important to make sure they’re licensed. Unlicensed minicabs are illegal, and you could be putting yourself in danger by using them. Find guidance on how to identify safe taxi and minicabs on the TfL website.
TfL also endorse ‘Cabwise’, a service to help you identify licensed cabs in your area. Text ‘CAB’ to 60835 and they’ll use GPS to text you your two nearest minicab numbers and one black cab number. This service can be used anywhere in London, 24 hours a day. Download the app now.
Property and home
The Metropolitan Police website provides lots of helpful advice on keeping your stuff safe, including property marking and securing your home.
It’s a good idea to take out contents insurance during your time as a student, to ensure your valuables can be replaced if you’re a victim of crime. Check out Endsleigh, a student focused insurance provider.