On campus

College Security should be informed of any event on campus so that they can follow up and provide support and assistance.

Call 020 7589 1000 (or extension 4444 if dialing from a College phone).

This number should also be called in case of any emergency.

In halls

If you live in College Halls of Residence, speak to the wardening team in your accommodation. Contact information should be available in the entrance of your Hall. They will investigate the issue.

Off campus

In an emergency call the police on 999.

Call 101 for non-emergencies.

The police may ask you to visit a local police station and will take your statement. Alternatively the police may arrange to speak with you at a location of your choosing.

If you have been a victim of crime and need to take some time out to process or recover from what has happened, do speak with your Personal Tutor as soon as possible. Alternatively, speak with your Senior Tutor, hall warden or one of the Faculty Senior Tutors. Don’t feel like you have to plough on – there can be flexibility with your work, and your wellbeing comes first.

The College has a Crime and Investigations Manager, Nigel Ward, who investigates any crimes at College, supports victims and implements prevention strategies to reduce crime. If you have been the victim of a crime, or would like advice on a crime-related issue, do get in touch with Nigel. He works to ensure all victims are treated with dignity, respect and understanding.

Nigel and the security teams are also very keen to support any actions or events organised by students, and can give advice or talks on areas such as personal safety and security, and bike/property marking. Many crimes, especially theft of items such as bikes or laptops, are easily preventable. Contact the Security Office in Room 155, Sherfield or call Nigel Ward on 020 7594 8176.

The Advice Centre is a free, impartial and confidential service provided by Imperial College Union which can help students cope with being the victim of a crime.

Crime prevention advice

1. Trust your instincts

Trust your instincts if you feel threatened - move, find refuge with others and get somewhere safe.

2. Protect your belongings

Keep valuables securely locked, and register and photograph your possessions. You can register your possessions here:


3. Drink safely and in moderation

Watch out for your friends and colleagues.

4. Do not use unlicensed taxis or minicabs

Information on registered taxis for safe travel is available on the TFL website.

5. Be vigilant at cash machines

Be aware of your surroundings at ATMs. Ensure no one is too close and there are no card skimming devices attached to the machine.

6. Do not leave laptops unattended

Always use security cable locks.

7. Avoid leaving small items (like phones) visible and vulnerable

Thieves move around tables looking to steal items such as phones, tablets and bags using distraction techniques, especially in venues like coffee shops. Also beware of pickpockets operating at busy transport and commercial hubs.

8. Purchase a good bike lock

Don't use a cable lock - these are not secure. You can buy "A" grade D locks from the Security Office at a heavily discounted price of £30 (Room 155, Sherfield Building). These have been sold for the last 4 years and no bike properly secured with one has been stolen.

9. Be careful of scams

You get nothing for nothing. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. This includes designer clothes, jewellery and money transferring.

10. Be aware of cybercrime

Do not divulge passwords or PIN numbers to anyone and be careful what you post on social media. Identity theft happens and can be very harmful and costly.