Please consider the crime prevention advice below to make sure that your student accommodation is secure. This advice also applies to rented or temporary property.
- Never leave rooms unattended while moving in.
- Never leave windows open if you are going out.
- Never leave notes on your door saying that you are away.
- Never let strangers into your house without checking who they are. Reputable trades people will always carry ID.
- Never give keys to workers or trades people.
- Never leave your valuables, such as your laptop or car keys, on display - these are very often stolen in burglaries.
- Always get to know your hall warden or landlord. If you have any concerns about safety/security, they should be your first point of contact.
- Always make sure that all doors and windows are shut and locked at night and when you go out. Locking your bedroom door when you are away can deter a burglar from looking further than the living room.
- Always make sure that you are insured. If the worst happens and you are burgled, contact your landlord/warden and the police. You will need a crime number to claim insurance.
- Always keep valuables out of view.
More useful tips
If you live in halls, they may have a designated insurance company that you can use. Find out if you are covered by your parents’ insurance. Many insurance companies do special student rates. A little expense at the start of the year could save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.
Most insurance companies specify that, to make a successful claim, you must have a lock on your bedroom door, even if you are in a shared house. If you don’t have internal locks or adequate security, tell your landlord – you are entitled to decent home security.
If you are not sure about anything concerning the safety of yourself or your belongings, please contact your local crime prevention and reduction adviser.