Don’t let your digs be an easy target!
Student houses are littered with easy-to-loot, expensive goods. If you live with four housemates, that means five laptops, five mobile phones, five lots of just about everything. And, just to add to the mix…
- Housemates come and go, making it commonplacefor doors and windows to be left open.
- Students are away from their accommodation for four to five months of the year.
- Students make the most of their uni/college experience by going out a lot – your place is unattended at peak thieving hours (when you’re all at the pub or library or seeing mates).
Many aspects of the student lifestyle make it attractive for burglars and thieves – but you can make it less so if you read on!
- Always make sure you and your housemates lock doors and windows when you go out.
- Even when you are in the house, keep your doors locked, to prevent someone sneaking in – someone can easily wonder in and steal a hand bag left near the front door.
- Be aware of open windows and if you leave a room, even if for a few seconds, close and lock the window – a burglar can easily reach in and nick your laptop and potentially stop you doing a vital assignment.
- Mark your property with your parental postcode and your surname.
- Don’t leave cash and valuables on display in your room – this is very tempting to thieves.
- Leave a light or radio on when you go out, to give the impression someone is in - maybe use a timer switch.
- Make sure your mobile is with you all the time, but don’t have it on display.
- Register property on Immobilise which is the world’s largest free register of possession ownership details. This is an effective tool in returning recovered personal property to its rightful owners.
A practical guide to keeping your home secure
Student Survival Handbook
Property Registration Card