“Over the past 3 years alone, the cost of theft to students was £25 million. Over 660,000 students are burgled in the UK every year, which equates to 1,800 pupils at risk every day.”
Students are particularly vulnerable to theft and it is no safer living in halls as thieves are undeterred by the extra security measures in place. The most popular item stolen are laptops. Over the past 3 years £2 million worth of laptops have been taken and shockingly, stolen jewellery could be worth as much as £10 million.
Numerous universities are already highlighting the need to adopt a system like uWatch, for example:
– University of St Andrews: “It is suggested that you take photographs of your valuable items at the start of the academic year so that you are able to provide a photograph in the event of theft “
– University of Birmingham: “Make a note of the colour, distinctive components and stickers on your bicycle. Take a photo of your bike and write down the manufacturer and model details. This can help with police investigations”
– University of Sheffield: “Make a list of all your property including serial numbers and IMEI numbers. Postcode your items and register your belongings”
- Admissible Evidence: When using the uWatch App to create a photographic list of your vulnerable possessions, a date and time stamped image is generated.
- Escalate: As soon as you notice an item has been stolen you can post it as stolen to our Bulletin Board which can be seen by anyone using the free ‘Dodgy Gear’ App. Therefore, if someone comes across this item they can inform you directly. Additionally, you can send the photo and description of the item directly to the police or a university crime prevention officer.
- Community: This free App is a search engine for stolen goods. uWatch users can post stolen items onto the Bulletin Board which then appears on the dodgy gear App. Anyone can use the App to make sure items they are purchasing online or at a car boot sale are legitimate. You can search the App by: Keyword, Postcode and serial number. From the App, you can inform the owner and the police that you have found their stolen item.
- Security: If you are concerned about someone entering your home or halls of residence when you are out, activate The Cube on the inside overlooking the entrance or place a Cube underneath your bed. Place additional Bluetooth ‘movement’ sensors on door and window handles. If someone tries the door or window latch or gains entry, you will receive and alert to your smartphone within 30 seconds. You could attach Bluetooth Tags to your bike or valuable equipment and if they are moved you will be alerted.
- Peace of mind: Leave your cube activated over the holiday period and you can relax knowing if someone tried or successfully gained entry you will know. If the temperatures drops very low and you are worried about the pipes freezing you will be alerted.