Britain is a relatively well-ordered and safe society. An important part of the work of the police service in the UK is to help the public, as well as to uphold the law. You should feel safe to approach a police officer if you need help.
If you need to report a crime in an emergency, dial 999. There is information about reporting non-emergency crimes on the Metropolitan Police website.
As in any major city, crime does occur in London , but it is important to remember that serious crime is rare. The most common types of crime are pick-pocketing and other kinds of theft. There are simple things you can do to reduce the risk of being the victim of such crimes, for example keeping your wallet, credit card and mobile phone in an inside pocket, and not walking alone late at night.
The Metropolitan Police website has some useful tips to help you stay safe.
The National Mobile Phone Crime Unit website has some tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.
You should certainly insure your personal belongings. If you do not do this before you leave home, read the section on Insurance in the Budgeting A-Z section of our advice guide on Managing your Budget and cutting costs [PDF 1,297KB].
For advice about staying safe at QMUL, see the QMUL Guide to Personal Safety. [PDF 346KB] There is a Security Team at QMUL who are responsible for maintaining safety and security on the QMUL campuses. You can find out more about what they do and how to contact them on their webpage.
The British Council also has a booklet for international students called Creating Confidence - Making sure that your time in the UK is safe and enjoyable. [PDF 1,854KB] It highlights some of the safety and security issues students need to know about, and lists organisations to contact if you need help. The British Council have also produced a guide called Safety First which has lots of useful safety advice.