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.
Identification: After taking a photo of your vulnerable item you can add a description of noticeable features. This should include colour, defining marks, labels or any personal identification you may have made. Additionally, you can add the serial number in a designated field, the purchase date and warranty expiry date.
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.
Insurance: The Asset List you create can be exported which produces a pdf document displaying all the items you have uploaded. This document will display the item descriptions you made when creating your list and will also include the ‘Original Cost’ of the item and its ‘Current Value’. You can send this to your insurance company to negotiate the best premiums. Your insurance company will have access to this list and will be able to search for it using the policy number. The uWatch system securely stores all the details and photographs.
The Dodgy Gear App
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.
For more information on The Asset List, please visit the ‘Asset List’ page under ‘The System’ Tab
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 60 seconds. You could attach Bluetooth Tags to your bike or valuable equipment and if they are moved you will be alerted.
Temperature: Place a cube in the kitchen and set a temperature range. If this is exceeded you will receive an alert
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.