The School is one of the few institutions in central London to maintain an open campus policy. This means that throughout the day many School buildings are open. This provides a free and collegiate atmosphere that many in the School enjoy. We are keen that you enjoy this atmosphere, but always bear in mind that the School is a public place. If you would not leave your laptop unattended on a park bench you should not leave it unattended in the Library, the Garrick or any other public area of the School.
LSE Security is here to help students have an enjoyable and productive experience at LSE in respect of their safety and security. Security can provide a great deal of practical advice on how to get the most from your time at LSE without becoming the victim of crime. Whether your enquiry is about how to ensure your bicycle is not stolen or security for a major event that you have organised, LSE Security are here to advise and support.
Rather than deal with the consequences, Security would always prefer that crime be prevented or deterred. All crime involves an element of preparation or planning by the criminal. Often this preparation can be identified through knowledge of our surroundings and the behaviour that we observe in others. Sometimes we know why we think something is suspicious, other times we just have a 'feeling' that something is not right. We would encourage you to report anything that gives you cause for concern . Security staff will never complain or belittle you if you report a suspicion. LSE Security will always seek to investigate and address suspicious activity in a way that reassures those acting legitimately, but deters people who are intending to commit crime.
Many crimes have been prevented because someone has a 'hunch' or a feeling. You are the people who are most familiar with your living and working environment. Listen to your instincts and act on them.
Campus security, emergency number: 020 7955 6555 (internal extension 666)
Campus security, non emergency number: 020 7955 6200 (internal extension 2000)
If you see signs of smoke or fire you must operate the building fire alarm by breaking the nearest red "break glass unit".
If you hear the fire alarm you must exist the building in an orderly and calm manner leaving your possessions behind and following the instructions from members of staff.
You must make your way to the building allocated evacuation point, this can be found here. The NAB and SAW building have an additional signal for occupants to evacuate, you should wait for the full alarm before leaving the building.
Anyone who is unable to exist the building unassisted should contact the Health and Safety team so that a personal emergency plan can be developed for them.
A little help from your friends
Stay with friends, especially when walking at night or stopping to get money from a cash machine.
It's always best to decide where you are going and how you and you and your friends will get there in advance.
You should never leave drinks unattended in pubs or clubs.
Avoid walking alone after dark
Keep to main streets and busy well-lit areas, avoid shortcuts and try to look confident even if you don't feel it. You might consider carrying a personal alarm with you at the ready as well. If you think you are being followed, cross the road – more than once if necessary – to see if they follow. If you are still worried, go to the nearest place where there are other people – a pub or anywhere with lights on – and call the police.
It's a good idea to have your house keys ready before you reach your door. When you're looking for them in a bag, you may not be paying as much attention to what is going on around you.
Don't forget that if you are listening to music on a portable player or on the phone, you may become less aware of your surroundings.
When on campus, use the cash machines situated inside the NatWest bank on the corner of Houghton Street and Aldwych, or the Santander Bank on Portugal Street.
Distraction thefts are common at London cash points. If anyone approaches you when you are using a cash machine do not be distracted; immediately cancel your transaction, remove your card and walk away.
Use bus stops that you know, and that are busy and well-lit and sit close to the driver.
On trains or the underground, wait near other people on well-lit portions of the platform. If you ever feel uncomfortable, consider changing carriages or getting off the train entirely.
London black cabs are a reliable way to travel 24 hours a day in London. Taxi's that are not black cabs are called mini-cabs and may be less expensive, however, it is extremely important that for your safety you never accept a ride on the street from a mini-cab. Mini cabs should only be booked in advance through a licensed cab company. Details on finding a licensed mini-cab can be found by visiting TfL's Cabwise.
Carry your bag close to you
Keep your bag's fastening next to your body. However, if someone tries to get it, let it go. Phones and wallets are replaceable, but you are not!
If you've got it, don't flaunt it
Thieves are on the look-out for people who carry mobiles, laptops, MP3s, digital cameras and jewellery, so keep your valuables out of sight. Use a rucksack to carry your laptop, as a laptop case is an obvious indicator that you are carrying something valuable. Keep bags closed, zipped up and buckled.
General use lockers
General use lockers are located in the basement of Old Building. Some are £1 operated (RED) and others are available for longer term hire in B.27. You will require a padlock (of a minimum 6.3mm in diameter) to secure the locker, this can be purchased as the SU shop.
The lockers in the Saw Swee Hock Centre are allocated for a deposit at "first come first served basis" for the whole academic year. (September - June).
Visit the Facilities Guide for further details and to review the Conditions of Use.
Do not put valuable items into these lockers, particularly wallets, purses and laptops.
Do not leave your laptop unattended in any location on campus – even for a moment. There is a Laptop Secure Storage Area in the Old Building, room OLD G.15, which can be accessed with your LSE student ID card. For more information please enquire at the Old Building reception.
LSE Security offer free DNA laptop marking. This is a proven deterrent against any would-be thief. You can also use tracking software on your Laptop. There are free applications that you can download from the internet. We recommend Prey Project.
Library book lockers
Library book lockers are available for a £5 hire fee (non-refundable) at the start of term through an application process. If the demand is higher than the number of lockers available successful applicants will be selected via ballot and notified at the end of October. For general enquiries about book lockers email email@example.com.
As many as 10,000 mobile phones are stolen every month in the UK. Try not to attract attention to your mobile phone when you are carrying it or using it in a public space.
In case of theft, you can register your mobile phone at Immobilise, the national property register, registering will help the police return your phone to you if it is ever found. For more advice on mobile phone security, visit the Metropolitan Police website.
You can also make a record of your phone details, as well as consider separate insurance. Two things in particular to note are your phone's ESN (Electronic Serial Number) and IMEI number (a 15 digit unique identifier for your phone, which can be found on the battery, the box it came it, or will be displayed on the phone after dialling *#06#).
Lock it up
Always lock your doors and windows at home, even if you're only stepping out for a moment. Never assume someone else will do it for you.
Take the time to make a list of your personal property, including descriptions and serial numbers as appropriate. You may choose to use an ultraviolet pen to mark your contact details so that police can trace stolen property.
Avoid using the cycle racks on the streets throughout the campus, they are regularly targeted by thieves. Instead put your bike in the secure cycle storage facilities in the NAB and the basement of the Towers.
Always lock your bike, even if leaving it for just a few minutes. Hardened steel D-shaped locks or a gold rated "Soldsecure" endorsed padlock and chain are recommended. See www.soldsecure.com.
Take a note of your bike's serial number (found on the underside of your bike frame) in case of crime.
Take advantage of free bike security marking by the police, and mechanical checks during LSE Bike Weeks.
If you are in immediate trouble or see that someone else is in any kind of danger please call 999 and ask for the police. You will need to tell them where you are and what the emergency is.
If you have witnessed a non-emergency case then please contact the police on 101.
British transport police
If you witness a crime while using public transport in London contact the British Transport Police detailing what service you are using and where it is heading to:
Call 0800 40 50 40
Or discreetly send a text message to 61016
Victim support: Tel. 0808 1689 111
Rape crisis: www.rapecrisis.org.uk
Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk