HomeLet’s Guide to Student Safety
October 14, 2014
According to The Complete University Guide, one in three students is likely to be a victim of crime during their time at university, with 20% of robberies happening in the first six weeks of term?
While this sounds scary, it doesn’t need to be! Check out HomeLet’s top three tips to make sure your home is safe and your prize possessions are protected.
1) Prevention is key…
We can’t promise burglars won’t try to get into your house, but you can take steps to make it difficult and off putting for them. Check that the locks on all doors and windows are secure, if you don’t feel that they are, chat to your landlord and letting agent and have them changed.
It sounds obvious, but use the locks too! Agree with your housemates that whoever is last to leave checks the main doors and windows are locked, with everyone taking responsibility for their own bedrooms.
Plus remember, no matter how secure your halls of residence are, some thieves will ‘tailgate’ other students into the building and, if you’ve left your doors unlocked, it’s likely to be your stuff that gets stolen.
2) Don’t tempt a thief…
Students tend to have a lot of gizmos and gadgets, which are rich pickings for burglars to swipe and sell, especially if they can see their location through your window.
If you sit and look out of the window as you work, put your laptop away once you’re done to prevent an opportunist thief from earmarking it as their own. Same goes for iPods, TVs, games consoles and stereos.
It’s a good idea to stand outside the house and see if you can spot anything valuable from the window. If you can, move it out of the way and never underestimate the power of curtains or blinds.
3) Protect yourself when partying…
Students love a party – but you don’t always know everyone there, especially if you live with multiple people.
Make sure your valuables are locked in your bedroom before your guests arrive and avoid any awkward accusations the morning after – it makes it so much easier to enjoy yourself when you know you’ll still have your phone the morning after, although we can’t help you with the hangover…