Contacting the police

  • If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, dial 999
  • If there is an emergency on campus please call 01202 962222 (24/7) to report this to the reception team, who will then be able to call the emergency services to direct them
  • You can call both 999 and 101 (non-emergency number) from a landline or a mobile phone for free, even if you have no credit, and most smartphones allow you to make calls without unlocking the home screen
  • If you're deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can use the emergency SMS/Text 80999 or non-emergency SMS/Text 67101 for off campus incidents. Please note: you'll need to register your mobile phone first to use this service.

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How to report a crime or incident

Should you find yourself a victim of crime on campus please collect and complete a crime reporting form from your nearest reception.

All crimes must be reported to Dorset Police and a crime number obtained, this should be included on the crime reporting form. This number will be required in order to facilitate any assistance from the Police or by your insurance company should you wish to claim.

Forms for Talbot Campus should be returned to Poole House reception, and for Lansdowne Campus to Bournemouth Gateway Building reception. These forms are then passed to our security team for processing, who will contact you directly.

We also have the following dedicated pages for specific incidents with detailed support and guidance:

Report an accident or incident Report a sexual assault or harassment Report a hate crime


How to contact BU campus security

For general security enquiries (non-urgent) on campus call 01202 956001 or email [email protected].

Visit our safety and personal security page for information about how we ensure that our campuses are a safe space for students, staff and visitors. 


Safety advice from Dorset Police 

Bournemouth town centre has a vibrant and lively night-time economy, but please take simple steps to make sure you stay safe:

  • Stay with your friends on a night out – never walk home alone 
  • Remember – the more alcohol you drink, the more vulnerable you become.

Visit the Dorset Police website for information about your local police, plus regular safety updates and advice.

For more useful safety advice, go to the Live Life Safe website and the National Stalking Helpline.