Students from the University of Northampton have partnered with Crimestoppers in a campaign to decrease the amount of laptops and mobiles being stolen.
The students have come up with the idea of putting sticky notes on personal items left unattended to highlight how easy it can be for a thief to spot possessions which they could steal.
The campaign, called Stick it Stole it officially launched on Monday and will take place throughout the week across both Park and Avenue campuses and will target social and learning open spaces.
Ben Wesson, vice president of the University of Northampton Students’ Union, said: “According to data from Opinium Research, over a quarter of students nationwide either lose or have valuables stolen whilst studying in higher education.
“The Stick It Stole It campaign will help to combat this problem and ensure that students at the University of Northampton are appropriately informed of the dangers of leaving their personal possessions unattended.”
“It is vitally important that students are alerted to the risks of opportunists who will take advantage of any unsupervised belongings.”
The university also hopes the campaign helps its commitment to employability as it allows the students to develop vital practical skills that will help them in the future employment, which is one of the aims set by Crimestoppers.
Carla Sutton, a criminology student and project manager of Stick it Stole it, said: “The campaign is a great project to be involved in and will raise awareness around both the university’s campuses about how important it is to protect your personal belongings.
“Items such as phones can contain so much information, such as contact details and calendars, which means that the loss can be much more than just financial.”
The Stick it Stole it campaign is one of three pilot projects being run by Crimestoppers in different universities. The other two universities are Sunderland and Anglia Ruskin.