Thieves hit Cowley students twice in a week

first_imgTHIEVES made off with thousands of pounds in electronic equipment after breaking into two student houses in the Cowley Road area last week.Police have urged vigilance against “opportunistic” criminals after two houses, both rented by Wadham students, were burgled while their occupants were out at parties.In the first incident, which took place last Saturday, thieves entered through the front door without causing any damage.One girl, who wished to remain anonymous, said she only noted valuables were missing when her housemate couldn’t find her laptop the morning after a night out. “We all went out to a bop, and it was the first time we’d all gone out at the same time,” she said. “We came back and all went to bed. There was no sign of forced entry. One girl noticed a laptop was missing the next morning and came to my room. We noticed that three laptops and an iPod were also gone.”The house did not have the correct level of security demanded by the insurance policy, meaning they may be unable to claim compensation for their losses. “We’re not sure if we can claim insurance,” she said. “There’s a certain grade of lock that you need in order to claim, and its quite a big issue.”The other burglary occurred in a house nearby, during which thieves entered through an open back window.According to one occupant, the house was empty at the time of the theft. “We went out at 11 and someone came back at 12 and the front door was open,” she said. “They took four laptops, a wallet, four MP3 players and a jewellery box.“The police came round and fingerprinted the house but they said there were glove marks, and so weren’t sure if there was much chance of catching the thieves.”Police have warned the students’ lax attitudes to security were partly to blame.Graham Milne, a Crime Reduction Advisor at Thames Valley Police, said, “Most burglaries are opportunist and happen due to insecurities. Something has probably been left open. Nine times out of ten its due to students.”Milne added that thieves were attracted by student houses due to the prevalence of expensive electronic equipment. “Students have what criminals want. Our advice is to keep everything out of sight and mark up your PC using UV pens so that if we recover it we can return it.”By Jake Whittallast_img read more

Calls for Government to implement traffic light labelling

first_imgThe House of Lords has voiced its support for the implementation of a traffic light system for nutritional labelling, as it calls for a stronger approach from Government on policies to change consumer behaviour.The idea that ‘nudging’ on its own is unlikely to change the nation’s behaviour is the main conclusion drawn from the House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee’s report, Behaviour Change, published today.Instead, a range of measures – including some regulatory measures – would be needed to change behaviour in a way that will make a real difference to society’s biggest problems, for example obesity, states the report.The Committee has recommended that the Government invest in gathering more evidence on which measures work to influence population behaviour change. In addition it said the Government “should look to take steps to implement a traffic light system of nutritional labelling on all food packaging”.According to the report, current voluntary agreements with businesses in relation to public health have major failings, and are not a proportionate response to the scale of the problem of obesity. “There are all manner of things that the Government want us to do – lose weight, give up smoking, use the car less, give blood – but how can they get us to do them?” questioned committee chair Baroness Neuberger.“It won’t be easy and this inquiry has shown that it certainly won’t be achieved through using ‘nudges’, or any other sort of intervention, in isolation.”She said that changing the behaviour of a population is likely to take time, perhaps a generation or more, and whereas politicians usually look for “quick-win solutions”, she called for the Government to be braver about mixing and matching policy measures, using both incentives and disincentives to bring about change. “They must also get much better at evaluating the measures they put in place,” she added.“In order to help people live healthier and happier lives, we need to understand much more about what sorts of policies will have an effect on how people behave. And the best way to do this is through research, proper evaluation of policies and the provision of well-informed and independent scientific advice.”last_img read more