News and events


  • Going home for the holidays campaign

    In December Student Community Wardens and Police Community Support Officers visited student housing in East Oxford to provide property marking kits and light timer switches, and offer advice on how to keep houses safe and secure during the holiday period.

    Student Community Warden and Police Community Support Officer visiting student housing
    Student Community Wardens visiting student housing

    Two people standing in front of a security van holding a D lock and bike light

    Supporting Local Charity

    We recently donated bike locks, lights and bike marking kits to the Oxford Hub Ready Set Go programme. This campaign ensures every child in Oxford can learn to swim and ride a bike and supports families to be active together.


    Road Safety Week

    In early November to support Road Safety week, a bike light safety operation was carried out with the local Police Neighbourhood Team, and cyclists found riding without lights received advice from Thames Valley Police and Student Community Wardens who fitted temporary bike lights.

    Police officer talking to two students on bikes
    Police officers and a Student Community Warden fitting free bike lights
    Police officer fitting a free bike light as people walk past

    Campus Safety

    During late October reassurance patrols were carried out on walkways near the Headington Campus and the recommended route to Clive Booth Student Village with Police Community Support Officers and Community Engagement, Student Community Wardens all taking part. 440 students took part in a personal safety survey.

    Reassurance patrol staff talking to people by university entrance
    Police Community Support Officers talking to a group of four students near campus

    Bike Marking event with free bike locks

    In October as part of the Safer Streets campaign, together with Neighbourhood Police Officers, we carried out Bike marking and provided free D locks to students and staff.

    Security staff and police officer carrrying out bike marking in front of Security Services stall
    People gathering by the Security Services stall to get their bikes marked and collect free D locks
    Security staff and police officer preparing a bike to be marked

    Arrivals Weekend

    The Security Team welcomed new arrivals to the University in September, providing over 800 bags of crime prevention pasta! and lots of other freebies.

    Group of nine students standing next to Security Services stall with giveaway bags and teddy bears
    Police officers at Security Services stall with piles of tote bags, postcards and bags of pasta

    Sgt Paul Arnold receiving a sponsored bike from Campus Manager Sarah Warwick outside Oxford Brookes University

    Local Police sponsored bike

    Oxford Brookes University provided the Headington and Marston Neighbourhood Team with a sponsored bike to help them patrol the area.

    Pictured is Sgt Paul Arnold receiving the bike from Campus Manager Sarah Warwick.


    Security staff, Student Community Wardens and Thames Valley Police talking to students in the street

    Supporting Safer Streets Campaign

    In June 2021 the Security Team together with Student Community Wardens assisted Thames Valley Police in the Cowley area as part of the Safer Streets campaign. They marked over 100 bikes and provided D locks and property marking kits to local residents.


    Re-freshers prize draw

    To support the Oxford Brookes Union re-freshers in January 2021 we held an Instagram prize draw and gave away 25 security hampers packed with goodies, crime prevention and safety advice, pictured are a couple of lucky winners!

    Student standing in doorway holding Security Services prize draw box
    Student standing outside halls of residence holding Security Services prize draw box

    Security van with food supplies

    Supporting Oxford Community Action

    The Oxford Brookes Security Team is providing weekly support to Oxford Community Action in helping transport food supplies from the Warehouse in Didcot back to Oxford for food package distribution to families in our community.


    Security staff using jump start kit and tyre inflator on car

    Help and assistance from Security Services

    Our mobile security vehicles now carry jump start kits and tyre inflators, so if you find yourself at one of our University locations in Oxford with a vehicle problem, give our security control a call on 01865 483060 and we will be happy to come along to provide assistance and maybe help you get going again!

    Our vehicles also carry first aid kits and defibrillators.


    Brookes People Award in front of Christmas tree

    2020 Brookes People Award Winner!

    The Security Services Team received the Brookes People Team Award for connectedness in November 2020. Working closely with students, the team has run a number of very successful collaborative campaigns with the Community Engagement Team, local Police and Brookes Union.

    The ‘Going home for the holidays’ campaign to encourage students living in the private rented sector to think about home security delivered more than 150 light timer switches and burglary prevention advice to almost 200 student’s homes.


    Electric vehicles

    The Oxford Brookes Security team recently took possession of two new all electric vehicles as part of the Mitie global initiative to make electric transport the new normal by 2030.

    Electric security van outside John Henry Brookes building

    Echo Dot Winners

    A few lucky students won our security prize featured during virtual freshers.

    Student standing in front of security van holding an Echo Dot
    Student standing in front of Hollie Guard security banner holding an Echo Dot
    Student standing in front of accommodation security banner holding an Echo Dot

    Follow us on Instagram @securitybrookes as we often choose random followers for surprise giveaways!


    Student standing in front of security van holding bear mascot

    Bear mascot winner

    Our Security mascot recently was given a name by one of our students? Say hello to ‘Barney the Bandit’.


    Bike theft operation

    Following some recent bike thefts at the Headington Campus our security team ran a security operation and targeted bikes being secured with poor quality locks. During this time, we offered our usual £20 discounted D-locks for just £10 and 40 students took advantage of this offer.

    Security staff stopping cyclists with no lights outside Headington Campus

    Bike light safety operation

    Together with Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Team, outside our Headington Campus, a cycle safety initiative took place in October to target cyclists riding at night without lights. Advice was given to those stopped and our Student Community Wardens fitted free bike lights to those stopped.

    Security staff stopping cyclists with no lights outside Headington Campus

    Bike locks / lights

    Discounted bike D-locks and bike lights are always available from our security team.

    Contact Headington Campus reception Monday to Friday, 08.30am to 5.00pm, or out of hours phone us on 01865 483060.

    Or purchase from the Online Shop  

    Master Lock bike security locks
    LED bike light set

    Register your Bike for Free

    If you'd like to register your bike you can request a free bike marking kit. This will usually be sent out withing 3 working days.

    Complete the request form »

    Over 900,000 bikes already registered with Bike Register

    Discounted Bike 'D' Locks and Bike Lights are available from Security Services

    Bike marking, locks and lights advert

    AUCSO Award 2020

    The Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) has awarded Certificates of Excellence to Colin Robey and the whole MITIE Security Team at Brookes.

    The accolades recognised their innovative approach to crime prevention and the team's high degree of professionalism over the last year. The award also reflects the successful working partnership between Brookes and MITIE.

    The Security Services Team at Brookes underwent a change of direction in 2019 seeing a number of crime prevention issues being addressed through a new Total Crime Prevention Initiative.

    The aim of this initiative is to work with and educate staff and students in line with the newly created Security and Safety Strategy.  Its vision is to work “together to make our community safer”. 

    The Crime Prevention Initiative has proven highly successful;  an increase in visibility of the Security Team has seen a 50%+ increase in the reporting issues through to security and a 42% reduction in cycle theft on our campuses compared to the previous year.

    Regular events for staff, students and members of the community, a series of lunchtime lectures, information videos, collaboration with the Community Engagement team and Brookes Union, and the front-line Security personnel have all come together to enable this initiative to succeed.

    Colin Robey, Crime Prevention Manager for Oxford Brookes, has worked extremely hard on delivering this initiative and has already started planning a bigger and bolder campaign for 2020/21.  

    Colin and the onsite MITIE Team fully deserve this recognition for making our community a safer place to work, study and visit.