Reporting a crime

Fortunately, incidents of crime are infrequent on our campuses. However, if you do witness one or are a victim, always report it:

First, report it to the police

  • In an emergency, call the police on 999
  • For non-emergencies, call the police on 101

This is important not only in acting on the incident and helping to prevent further crime, but also for insurance purposes.

Then, report it to our Security team

If you have not already done so, report the incident (including the Crime Reference) to our Security team at the Information CentreInformation CentreInformation Centre at the Colchester Campus which is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year or our Southend HelpdeskSouthend HelpdeskSouthend Helpdesk. Where possible, we may also be able to assist immediately and/or work together with the police using available resources such as CCTV.

Information to include

The most important information you can give the police or Patrol Officers if you see someone acting suspiciously or committing a crime are:

  • person's description, for example age, height, build, gender, ethnicity, any distinguishing features etc
  • location of incident and when it happened
  • direction the person(s) was heading if they have left the scene
  • transportation, if the person(s) used a car, motorbike etc. If possible, what make, model, colour, registration number etc

Patrol Officers will do their best to help following any crime. However, should you need it, there is also a support network in place where you have been affected. You can ask us in confidence or contact the Student Services Hub.