Shine a light on student security
September 16, 2014
As the new university term is just around the corner, student excitement is brimming! Expect the unexpected and enjoy all the student life has to offer, but remember to spare a thought for security.
Amid the excitement and pandemonium of Freshers’ Week, it’s important to be aware of personal safety and home security. For many students Freshers’ is the first time living away from home, which can be a pretty unnerving experience.
In order to start the term as you mean to go on, remember to take extra care on move-in day not to leave your room unattended. The hustle and bustle of duvets and lampshades coming and going can provide the perfect cover for a burglar to strike unnoticed.
A shocking statistic from the National Union of Students website states that one in five students fall victim to crime while studying at college or university.
To avoid becoming a student statistic make sure you close and lock all doors and windows when you’re not in – even if you’re only popping out for a few minutes!
Some universities report that up to 90% of burglaries are caused by insecure doors and windows. Opportunist burglars target student halls and houses because they see them as a soft touch, as bedroom and flat doors are often left unlocked or propped open, making it a quick in-and-out job for a burglar.
We understand that with 101 things on your mind and numerous visits to see your new flat or housemates it can be hard to remember everything, which is why we advise investing in a home safe to keep your valuables secure. Security specialist Yale offers a value safe, which is affordable and comes in various sizes.
Another golden rule for student living is to avoid leaving notes on your door saying you’re away or ‘back soon’ – instead tell your friends face-to-face so they can act as an unofficial student watch while you’re out.
Bicycles are a great way for students to get about; they are convenient and a great form of exercise, but unfortunately thieves are partial to them too!
To keep your bike safe and secure it’s advisable to invest in a sturdy bike lock; Yale offers four different types of locks to choose from. For premium protection, use two different locks simultaneously (a D-lock and robust chain and padlock is ideal).
It is also necessary to secure your bike when it’s outside your flat or halls of residence. Even though you may think it’s safe, statistics show almost half of all bicycles are stolen from the owner’s home.
As well as securing your new home and belongings it’s also important to remember personal safety, especially with the boost in social activity that university life can bring. After evenings out try to travel home with friends or in a licensed, reputable taxi – remember there is safety in numbers!
If you do walk home, try to stick to main roads and footpaths and avoid poorly lit areas – especially any dodgy looking shortcuts and dingy alleyways. For additional security and priceless peace of mind it’s a good idea to carry a personal attack alarm.
The Yale personal attack alarm is battery operated and has a built in siren and cord loop for convenience. It is simply activated, easy to carry and discreet.
By following a few simple tips you can be sure to be safe and secure whilst living away form home.