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Nottingham Post
Olimpia Zagnat

Nottingham student has CCTV installed outside bathroom amid fears over spike in burglaries

Students have opened up about their life in the city after police warned of a "spike in burglaries" around the city centre. Officers are urging students to make sure they lock their doors and do not leave themselves open to opportunities burglars.

One woman, who lives in a shared student house in Forest Fields, said her landlord went as far as installing a number of cameras inside the property including one just outside their bathroom.

Maisie Tongeman, a fashion design student, 22, said it is worrying her that "it has come to this". She added: "We are very careful when it comes to locking our doors when we leave the house. Our landlord is very good at getting things done", she added.

"It is weird however that we have cameras in our house. We have got a few, including one just outside the bathroom and in the kitchen.

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"It is not on my mind really. But my housemate is not comfortable with that."

She said the cameras were installed in case of a police incident or burglary happened in their home. "I understand the reason for it, but it is just weird," she added.

Matthew Witherwick, a third year business student at Nottingham Trent University, added: "When I lived in Radford last year it was very dodgy. It was slightly rougher than where we live now."

The 20-year-old added: "We always make sure we check the doors before leaving the house. We are very careful.

"I think that students can be targeted by burglars. Especially in the evening, when students leave to go to Ocean - it is the prime time."

Joe Maloney, 20, is a third year Broadcast Journalism student at Nottingham Trent University. He went on and said: "I remember last year some students living in a private student accommodation had someone who just went in and helped themselves.

"I think that many rooms in students halls for example lock automatically so students do not have to worry about that. But then, when students move into private student accommodation or shared houses usually have to remember to lock the doors.

"And students forget to do that. So they are an easy target."

He added: "Last year we lived on Gamble Street in Radford and it was very rough. Many dodgy people around.

"I think that students are an easy target because they all bring their own TV, PlayStation and laptop - whereas a family maybe does not have as many [gadgets].

"But we make sure we lock everything before we leave the house. It is concerning that this is happening though."

DI Chris Berryman, who leads the burglary and robbery teams, told Nottinghamshire Live there has been a spike in reports in the city central area. "The city central area also incorporates Lenton, Arboretum, Radford and Hyson Green. That is where we are having our most burglaries at the moment."

He added: "We have just recently had a spike in our city central area - which kind of coincided with students returning back to university. Whenever they come back - there is always an increase in burglary offences.

"I think if there is anything I want to get across, it is that we want students to Nottingham and have a positive experience because it is a really good, vibrant and young city - but just be vigilant and make sure that you have taken certain security precautions.

"They need to make sure they lock their doors and do not leave themselves open to opportunities burglars who might spontaneously go past and enter the property."


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