The mock-house which is furnished like a living room will be set up and displayed at Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday, October 26.
The display which depicts typical university accommodation complete with cans of beer and bottles of leftover wine is designed to highlight to students that while their home may appear the same their items have indeed been taken.
The initiative is designed to highlight the risks of leaving valuables on view and shows the vulnerabilities of advertising their items in such a way.
Student Safe Inspector, Andy Smith of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Moving out of your family home is the first step of your adult life but like every new experience it is filled with challenges and new things to be learned. Among the most important of these lessons is that of home and personal safety.
“The aim of our initiative is to highlight to students that it’s not just the monetary value of the items that have been stolen but also the irreplaceable value they hold. Laptops alone contain music collections, photos and for those second and third year students lecture notes and work that would contribute to your final grade.
“In addition to the increased patrols in the student areas our teams have been delivering safety talks for new students urging them to be security savvy and have presented them all on a crime prevention pack. They have also be shown a short film featuring Manchester students talking about their own experiences as victims of crime before discussing methods of how to keep themselves and their property safe.”
Figures show that between 10 September and 14 October 2012, 80 student homes were burgled. Forty-eight of these could have been avoided if the homes had been made secure.
Since September police have been bringing in the criminals that are targeting students as part of Operation Harvest, a Forcewide crackdown on thieves, thugs and fugitives. It has seen officers carry out 92 search warrants. 1,483 home visits to persistent and prolific offenders and give face to face crime reduction advice to more than 7,000 residents. Officers also arrested 802 offenders for crimes involving theft and violence.
Inspector Smith, who will be joined by university beat officer PC Scott Schofield at the event, added: “We would like students to take heed of the crime prevention advice we offer, help us to help you. By taking a few simple precautions you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.”
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