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Valentine’s card urges students to dump heartless thieves

We’re sharing the love among students in Coventry – with a Valentine’s card urging them to protect their treasured possessions from heartless thieves.

Around 2,000 cards – featuring a cute and cuddly West Midlands Police puppy on the front – have been delivered by University of Warwick undergraduates to student properties.

Containing the ditty “roses are red, burglaries are bad, let’s think ahead, so you’re not sad” they provide simple crime prevention tips to help keep homes and valuables safe.

Our crime prevention Valentine's card that's urging students to lock-out burglars
Our crime prevention Valentine's card that's urging students to lock-out burglars

It reads: “To our valentine…we don’t want you to have a date with a burglar so follow these simple steps to help prevent your home being targeted by thieves and your precious belongings being taken.”

•    Always keep your doors locked
•    Keep some lights on when you’re out – and ideally use timer switches to give the impression someone is inside
•    Keep valuables out of sight and away from windows and doors
•    D-lock your bike

West Midlands Police Crime Prevention Lead, Mark Silvester, said: “‘We’re always looking for creative ways to get across our important crime prevention messages. 

“Using Valentine’s cards is something different to point attention to our anti-burglary message as we reckon people will open a red envelope on their doorstep around Valentine’s Day! We are encouraging people not to have a date with a burglar.”

Eight students from the University of Warwick volunteered to distribute the cards on campus and in housing areas popular with students.

University of Warwick and Coventry Police teamed up on the project
University of Warwick and Coventry Police teamed up on the project 

Jo Handford, Associate Director, Regional Strategy & Partnerships, at University of Warwick said: “The safety and security of our students is a priority. We work closely with West Midlands Police to ensure students have a good understanding of personal safety. 

“Our hope is that campaigns such as this will grab students' attention and serve as a good reminder of how to keep themselves and their property safe. We know it is easier to keep each other safe when we work together, so we are pleased our students are working with other members of the local community.”

Coventry Police Engagement & Consultation Officer Peter Sturgeon added: “We do unfortunately see students suffering burglaries at the hands of opportunist thieves who take advantage of doors and windows being left open or insecure.

“This can mean students losing coursework that’s been saved on laptops which can have serious implications for their studies. We are reminding students to love their property and ensure they do not leave their doors and windows insecure.”

For more information on student safety and handy crime prevention tips follow us on Twitter @saferstudents or visit

PHOTO: Top row: Yashmit Sharma, Yasmine Alaoui Smaili, Berenice Areso, Joanna Kemp, Jo Handford, Ben Hayday - University of Warwick
Bottom row: PCSO Kate Sephton, Peter Sturgeon, PCSO Natalie McDiarmid - West Midlands Police


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