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Halls Living

Do you know who you’re letting into your hall?

By QMHalls 31 Mar 2021

Your Security Team has recently had to respond to two incidents on campus, one crime-related and one relating to fire safety.

These were both caused by students allowing strangers to tailgate into the halls.

What is tailgating?

If you're unfamiliar with this term, Tailgating happens when you open a door with your own card but you then allow others to come through behind you without using theirs.

While holding a door open for somebody might be a polite thing to do, allowing an unknown person to the halls can have very serious consequences for the safety and security of all residents.

To ensure you, your fellow students and your belongings stay safe, here are some security tips:

  • Always lock your doors even when leaving just for a few minutes
  • Do not hold doors open for strangers
  • Rely on your intuition, if you feel suspicious about something or somebody, walk away to a safe location and report it to the Residential Life Team or Security
  • If you feel intimidated or it feels awkward for you to challenge a stranger, allow them access to the hall but call Security Department immediately from a safe distance on 02078823333 reporting their presence

They might all seem simple but they're important to remember to ensure your halls are safeguarded from potential tailgaters.