I realise this post might not be as light-hearted or cheery as usual, and I apologise for that in advance! I was really enjoying my first few weeks back at Leicester, but then my phone got stolen from the Students’ Union. I’d only had it about a month, so you can probably imagine just how frustrated and upset I was. Not just upset though, I was really shocked too. I didn’t expect that sort of thing to happen at university, especially in broad daylight. The problem is, you don’t have to be a student at Leicester to enter the SU, so security there isn’t exactly very high. I left my phone on a table where my friend was sitting, so it wasn’t unattended, but it was still taken anyway. So, yeah, when you’re in the SU, don’t leave your phone lying around anywhere.
The aftermath of the theft has been a real pain. For anyone that’s had anything like a phone stolen before, you’ll know how annoying it is. I spent most of that evening changing all of my passwords, worried that my personal information might be compromised, and frantically trying to get in touch with my network operator. Fortunately I’ve had a ton of support from family and friends (thanks you guys I’m super grateful). Not having a phone with me feels pretty weird, and I feel quite disconnected from everyone. But I guess it does have its advantages. Not relying on a phone all the time is kind of liberating. A few days later and I’m starting to get over the whole thing. A phone is something that can be replaced, at the end of the day. It’s not the end of the world.
So I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about the University of Leicester Security Services, which I didn’t even know existed until this week. They’re based in the security lodge on campus which is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. I went there to report the theft as soon as I realised my phone had been taken, and they were so kind and helpful. If you see any suspicious behaviour or have any minor incidents to report, then the security lodge is the place to go. They also monitor CCTV, are in charge of Lost and Found Property, and sell discounted bike locks to students at the University of Leicester. There is a CCTV camera at both ends of the main path in Victoria Park that goes from campus to Queens Road. If you’re walking down there when it’s dark, you can call the Security Control Room (0116 252 2023) and they will keep an eye on you via CCTV to make sure you’re safe. How cool is that?
Hopefully you won’t ever have to use the university’s Security Services like I did, but it’s really nice just knowing that they’re to support you during your time at Leicester in case you need it. Anyway, lectures start in a few days, so it’s onwards and upwards from here.