MORE than 2,500 students arriving at the University of Bath later this month will be encouraged to ensure their possessions are well-protected by marking their valuable equipment with SelectaDNA.Many of the students will be leaving home for the first time and turning up with an array of gadgets including a laptop, digital camera, smart phone, games console and either an iPod or MP3 player.
According to research by the National Union of Students (NUS) and insurance provider Endsleigh, students are taking possessions worth an average of £2,652 to university.More than four out of five students will be taking a laptop, 14% will take a desktop computer, and 4% a tablet PC in the new academic year. The survey also found that every student had a mobile phone, with 59% taking a smart phone.
Brian Schofield, Head of Security Services at the University of Bath said: “We are asking students to take ownership and responsibility of their property by marking it with SelectaDNA, ideally before they leave home. However, we will also be encouraging anyone that hasn’t marked new electronic equipment to do so when they arrive on campus.” If a marked item is stolen and later recovered by police, it can be scanned and traced back to the rightful owner via the DNA marking.Mr Schofield added: “We will be holding a series of induction sessions for new students on how to keep themselves and their property safe and we will be promoting SelectaDNA at the Freshers Fair.”
NUS president Liam Burns said: "Moving away from home for the first time can mean taking a lot of valuable items with you, and the nature of higher education means students need regular access to expensive equipment such as laptops and cameras."Taking precautions against theft and damage can provide you with valuable peace of mind and ensure you are not left out of pocket at a time when money can be particularly tight."
Mr Schofield concluded: “Local thieves know that when students arrive they usually bring new equipment, so by encouraging the use of SelectaDNA we want to eliminate the risk of theft for our students and deter criminals at the same time.“SelectaDNA is the latest in forensic marking products and as far as we are concerned it is another ‘tool in the toolbox’ that we can use to protect our students.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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