Read on to hear about her experienceâ€¦
My involvement in the Crimestoppers SaferU campaign pilot, â€˜Stick it â€“ Stole itâ€™, in February 2013Â at the University of Northampton, started when IÂ received an email from the Employability Service promoting the campaign to students. I attended the meetings and met the leader of the group, Carla Sutton.
As a small group of students from the School of Social Sciences, along withÂ a Graphic Designer student, we put together the â€˜Stick it â€“ Stole itâ€™ campaign, as theft among students was a common issue.
The campaign looked at raising awareness of theft on campus, especially among students who leave Ipads, laptops, phones and other gadgets unattended in the library. It involved sticking professionally designed Post-It notes imprinted with the Crimestoppers logo and the name of the campaign onto these items.
The Stick it, Stole it group also went into the restaurant, and to the Avenue campus, in order to reach out to more students, and increase awareness of the campaign so it coud have a greater presence on the campuses.
During the two weeks after the campaign was launched, we received a multitude of responses from students whose property we stickered. These responses were varied, with some students being surprised after they realised how vulnerable they had made themselves to being a victim of theft.
Some other students were grateful to the group for spreading the word and raising awareness of the issue on campus, whilst a small minority were angry and frustrated at the fact that someone had left a sticker reminding them of the dangers.
This campaign made a massive difference to students on campus, after the team stickered hundreds of unattended items. Earlier this year, when it was re-done in conjunction with the Safer U campaign, there was very little need to sticker unattended items, showing how the initial campaign had made students stop and think about leaving their possessions alone, and achieved the overall aim of reducing theft on the campuses.