Safety and security at university

As the winter nights draw in and the evenings are now cold and dark, it’s important to bear your own safety and security in mind when you’re out and about. Whether you live on campus or in private accommodation, it’s good to remember some simple strategies and support services that help you continue your daily routine safely.

Security Services – Staying safe and secure

The Security team at the University of Reading are largely focused on the personal safety of staff and students. They are present on campus, completing security patrols, surveillance and emergency response callouts from any location on university property. With a 24 control room and CCTV networks, the Security Team are here to support you if need help or wish to report something. They can be contacted on:

Emergency telephone: +44 (0)118 378 6300

General enquiries telephone: +44 (0)118 378 7799 (All calls are recorded for Verification and Audit purposes)


It is worth putting the numbers into your phone now, just in case!

Please note: For cases where you require the emergency services (Police, Ambulance, Fire brigade etc.), dial 999 immediately.

The Security Service also offers other services such as Campus Watch (similar to neighbourhood watch), a Chaperone Service (assistance for ensuring you get from A to B safely), and also offer security equipment (such as bike locks, personal alarms and high-visibility vest) to purchase to protect yourself and your belongings.

Security Services also offer advice, as prevention is the best way to tackle crime. They offer advice on a range of topics such as:

  • Personal safety
  • Security advice for schools and departments
  • Keeping your vehicle secure
  • Keeping your bicycle secure
  • Safe cycling

For more information, visit our Safety and Security pages.



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