How Not to Lose Your Keys in 2020

Losing your keys is one of the last things that you want to happen in everyday life; you might be locked out of your car, running late to an appointment or caught out in the rain, which undoubtedly, would have a negative impact on your day. However, there is a silver lining to this situation, as like most things it can be avoided through some nifty gadgets and helpful tips!

 

Can keys be tracked?

Most key fobs do not hold within them the technology to track them; however you can get some great gadgets that will allow you to track your keys. These devices can often be attached to your key ring and be activated and tracked through an app on your phone.

 

Is there an app to find lost keys?

Some tracking devices, such as the Amazon Tile work with an app on your phone that will allow you to locate the most recent location that your valuable has been pinpointed in and if in range will allow you to send a push to sound an alarm on the device attached to your valuable.

 

What is the best tracking device for keys?

Amazon Tile on Keys

Our top pick for a key finder device is the Amazon Tile.

This nifty gadget can attach to just about anything; your key ring, your backpack and even your purse! Using the smartphone app, you can locate any nearby valuable that you might have misplaced by the Tile Mate playing a loud tune to help you find it one prompted.

But what if your missing valuable is out of range? Have no fear, the Tile Mate tracked and pinpoints previous locations so you will be able to see where it was last pinpointed, but it doesn’t stop there. Through the extensive Tile community you can report an item missing on the app and if it is close to one of the over 5 Million Tile users can report its location to help you find it. Likewise, should you lose your phone, simply double tap the Tile button on any Tile device to make your phone ring, even on silent.

However, what is probably the best feature is that it is compatible with Alexa, so should you lose your keys down the back of the sofa, you can simple ask Alexa to find your keys activating the loud tune from your Tile device.

With 3 ways of securing your valuables, through adhesive dots; allowing even items such as your camera to be secure, the thread Tiles; which can threaded onto just about anything, or the slimline card version; allowing for it to be discreetly slid into your purse or wallet, whatever possession you would like secure there is a version that will fit you!

Buy the Essentials Combo on Amazon for £58.93, which includes 2x Adhesive Tiles, 1x Thread Tile and a Slimline Tile.

 

What is the best budget tracking device for keys?

TrackR Pixel key tracker on a set of keys

If you don’t want to spend quite as much for the Amazon Tile but still want all of the great features then the TrackR Pixel is a very agreeable second.

With many of the same features as the Amazon Tile with the added bonus of being able to see the last several places that were identified and not just the last one, giving you more options to search should you lose something out and about. Another great feature of this device is the light up LED alongside the activated sound; this means that you’ll be able to find your keys in a flash.

For the more than affordable price of £13.99 from Amazon, will provide you with 3 tracking devices in 3 different colours.

5 Top Tips on How Not to Lose your Keys

 

1. Give your Keys a Home

Setting aside a set place for your keys will help to stop misplacing them when at home. A bowl or a set of hooks on the wall are easy places that you can throw your keys on when you get home. So when you get that sudden rush of panic ‘where are my keys’, you know that you would have put them in their designated space and

However, do keep in mind this space should be kept away from any windows to avoid ‘key fishing’, from burglars who may notice them when walking by.

 

2. Make Them Glow

Specialist luminescent paint will make anything you paint glow in the dark! Try painting one of your own keys, so if you’re searching in the dark you can easily spot them, with the added benefit that you can easily identify them in the day as well.  

If you rent a property, make sure that you don’t paint a key that isn’t yours as your landlord might not take kindly to painting their key, in this case try painting a bike lock key or another item on your key ring.

 

3. Big, Bold Keyrings

Decorative keyrings can be your best friend as they can make your keys easier to find at the bottom of your bag or when searching around the house, but they also make them easily identifiable. If you were to lose your keys, you could speak to someone of authority in the area you have lost them. Talk to a police officer or a shop manager, and enquire as to whether a set of keys has been handed in. If they have you can easily describe and identify them as yours by the unique and bold key rings you have.

 

4. Carry them in Secure Pockets

The most common way that your keys are stolen is through open pockets and bags. An expert thief would be able to grab something from your pocket or bag without you knowing in seconds. To prevent this make sure you put your keys in a pocket that is closed by a popper or zip and keys that are in your bags should be in an internal zipped compartment. This will reduce your risk of losing your keys through pick-pocketing.

 

5. Invest in a Bluetooth Key Finder

Unfortunately we are all bound to lose our keys at one point or another, however by investing in one of the products we have listed or even another one you have found that’s right for you can save you stress and time.

These products can help you find your keys faster and with more ease than ever before, so if you did lose your keys you’d be thankful you invested in a finder.

Home Security in Period Properties

Period properties combine class and style with both character and history, but can prove a challenge for security, especially if you are living in a listed building with restrictions or conservation area regulations. One of the main challenges can be home security, as period and heritage properties often have outdated security systems, making them easy targets for criminals. Modern security solutions can be introduced to increase the security of your traditional property and these are worth the investment. It is also possible to install security measures that work with the aesthetics of your property and its setting, without disrupting its visual appeal.

 

Home Interiors Chandelier on ceiling. Luxury Vintage Chanderlier

 

Window Security

Period properties have older windows such as wooden-frame sash instead of the lockable, double glazed uPVC windows that modern houses often have. You should consider looking at specialist sash-window locks as these will provide higher levels of home security. However, these might be subject to restrictions so you should always check with your local council’s conservation officer first before making any changes. You could also consider installing collapsible grilles for the insides of your windows; these may disrupt the period aesthetics but they do fold away when needed. These retractable security grilles are a good deterrent for burglars and also offer a higher level of security.

 

White Window

 

Door Security

Period doors can often be very thin, and therefore can be vulnerable to crime. If you have wooden doors, you could consider turning them around so that they open outwards instead of inwards, as this makes it harder for thieves to kick them in.

Georgian homes were built during the 18th Century and are often very symmetrical with large solid front doors, whereas Victorian properties were built during the 19th Century, identifiable by their red brick, large bay windows and gothic architectural style. Victorian front doors were representative of wealth within the community, presented through colourful, patterned tiling in the artwork on the door. If your door is from the Victorian or Georgian era, it may  not be as durable or sturdy as more modern doors to protect from intruders, with an increased risk of age and wear making it vulnerable to break-ins.

There have been advancements in door security for period properties, with improvements supported by the government’s Building Regulations. Doors should meet or exceed the British Standard PAS24 and locks should conform to British Standard 3621 . You should check that your new front door meets the latest minimum British Standards in aspects of glass for security, thermal ability, energy-efficiency and safety qualities. Modern security systems can be installed to your period front door and property, ensuring that its original charm and elegance is sustained to achieve a period aesthetic without compromising security. In order to protect your period property, the main doors should have a door viewer, such as clear glass or a window next to the doorset, a door chain or limiter. A door chain or limiter is not always necessary and there can be alternative ways to identify visitors, such as electronic audio-visual door entry systems.

Furthermore, a good locking system will ensure that your home is secure, by having locks built in with bars, bolts and support structures to strengthen the body of your door. Locks available for timber doors are considered far superior and stronger than those for uPVC, composite or aluminium doors, as these can be worked into the door and provide you with the flexibility to choose from a range of high-quality door locks. If you do not have a timber door, there are options for improving uPVC door security, these can be secured by design accreditation and police approved. Examples of these include: anti-snap locks, uPVC door handles, door chains and sash jammers to improve the security of the door, these prevent the door from opening if the lock is broken or opened. High bolts or dog bolts can also be fitted to an opening door, as when it is closed hinge bolts will prevent the door from being forced open off the hinges.

 

Mortice Locks

There are many options to increase security solutions through the use of locks for period doors, such as mortice locks. Mortice locks are fitted inside the edge of the door, these make it difficult to break into as most of the locking mechanism is contained inside the door frame. They are visually pleasing as less of the locking mechanism is visible, and therefore do not compromise the style and aesthetics of your original period home.

 

Door handle with knob

 

Deadlocks

You could also consider using deadlocks or deadbolts as a secure locking system, manually operated using a key. When a deadlock is unlocked, it is held in the withdrawn position. These are much easier to unlock in emergency situations, such as fires overall providing higher safety measures.

 

Modern Security Solutions

You could consider installing modern technology and security solutions into your period property, whilst retaining its grandeur and style. A requirement of home technology is to install alarm systems, alarm bell boxes and CCTV systems, all of these can be hidden if you do not want them to affect your house’s period style. Modern lighting is also ideal for preventing burglaries and you can find specialist security lights in a period style or adapt outdoor lighting with a standard movement sensor.

You could also consider fitting spy holes, door chains and bars to your period front door, carefully designed to retain your door’s style but also to prevent intruders. You could consider replacing the spy-hole with a security camera or smartphone app for peace of mind. Wireless technology can be an asset to period properties and can be easily fitted without damaging its original features. You can also use remote monitoring and viewing from your smartphone to identify visitors without affecting your personal security. It is also possible to automate security functions and control them remotely from your smartphone or computer. Discretely styled monitoring equipment and wireless technology can allow higher levels of security for your home, whilst retaining the period aesthetic and in some instances, you won’t fall under planning legislation.

 

Top Tips for Ensuring Home Security for your Period Property

  • Hide all keys, especially away from the letterbox as a device could be used to hook keys through.
  • Install a visual burglar alarm and outside lighting.
  • Ensure you have good rear and outside fencing to protect your property.
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property, e.g. trim high hedges.
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise. The system where you can register your valuable to reduce crime.
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
  • Avoid becoming a victim of a distraction burglary, if you’re unsure of who is at your door, don’t open it, check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from.
  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn on your lights and radios when it gets dark.
  • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘KeepSafe’ service, they keep your mail for up to two months while you’re away to prevent mail sitting on your doorstep as a sign that you’re away.

 

Home Surveillance

 

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Smart Doorbells – Do they work? How Secure are they?

Smart doorbells are becoming increasingly popular due to the consumer market becoming more involved with the Internet of Things or IOT (noun: “the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data”).  For instance, asking your Alexa or Google Assistant to turn the lights off without having to move a muscle is an example of the Internet of Things as one device communicates with another via the internet to complete an action with the command of your voice.

Smart doorbells work in a very similar way as when activated (in numerous ways depending on the brand and model) it sends a notification onto your smart phone via the designated app. But are smart doorbells secure and how do they work?

 

How do Smart Doorbells Work?

Smart doorbells work much like a standard doorbell; they sit on the wall outside your home and have a button to press so visitors can ring your doorbell and alert you to their presence.

The difference is you can see who is visiting your home even if you’re not there as they are fitted with cameras and many are fitted with two-way audio systems. The majority of smart doorbells work with wiFi and link through an app on your smartphone or even through your smart home hub.

 

What are the Benefits of a Smart Doorbell?

Security. Above all smart doorbells help improve the security of your home as someone is always ‘home’ or rather you the homeowner can always monitor your home. Here are a few reasons below on the benefits of installing a smart doorbell.

Smart Doorbell Video Camera

The video camera element on a smart doorbell adds an extra layer to your home security as it allows you to see who is at your home without having to open the door. If there is a shifty character at the door, opening it will leave you vulnerable to a potential attack and home invasion. Additionally, if you are worried about a burglar approaching your door or if a burglar has attacked your home, you can show the police video evidence which will significantly increase the chances of them catching the culprit.

Furthermore, if you are expecting a delivery you can see exactly the time of day it was delivered and where the worker left your package. As well as that you can rewind the video to see if any friends or family visited whilst you were out and can see the exact time the kids get home when they ‘promised’ they were back before curfew.

Two-Way Audio

Many smart doorbells are fitted with a two-way audio system meaning you can talk to someone who is stood outside your home through your smart home and the smart doorbell device. Any potential burglars are more than likely to make a run for it if you speak to them through the smart doorbell once knowing that you can see and hear every move they are making.

Can’t make it to the door in time for the speedy delivery driver with your parcel? Not to worry, with the two-way audio you can let them know you are on your way to the door or if you’re not home tell them to leave it in a safe place to avoid a time consuming trip to the post office.

Smart Locks

Not only are smart doorbells compatible with your smart phone and smart home system they are also compatible with smart locks. Smart locks in connection with a smart doorbell unlock your door through facial recognition. For one this combination is great if you have your hands full and your keys are lost in the bottom of your bag and secondly, you can never get locked outside as you won’t need your keys!

For more information on smart locks check out our blog The Best Smart Locks for 2020 here!

 

What is the Best Smart Doorbell?

 

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is one of original smart doorbells on the market that offers a wide range of features. We’ve chosen it as the best in our roundup as many other sites have included the Ring Video Doorbell 2 in their list as well as it achieving a 4* rating on Amazon.co.uk with 4,247 reviews at this current point.

1080p HD Video

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 features 1080p HD video with a live view feature and infrared night vision so that homeowners can manage their properties security with a crystal clear view.

Two-Way Audio

The two-way talk feature is very handy and includes noise cancellation so you and your visitor can communicate easily.

Motion Activation

With built-in motion sensors you can set up alerts to your smart phone, tablet or computer every time that the motion sensors are activated.

Alexa Activated

The Ring Doorbell 2 works in conjunction with Amazon Alexa including all Echo devices and Alexa enabled devices such as the Fire tablets.

Cloud Storage

It is possible to rewind, save and share the footage captured by the Ring smart doorbell with the additional monthly subscription of cloud storage via Ring. Prices start from £2.50 a month for one device.

Price

At the time of writing the Ring Video Doorbell 2 costs £119 at a discounted rate on Amazon. The usual price of this smart doorbell on Amazon is £179.

 

What is the best Budget Smart Doorbell?

 

360 D819 from Gearbest

We’ve chosen the 360 D819 as our best budget smart doorbell as it includes many of the top smart features of the Ring Video Doorbell 2 at a cheaper price without the need to pay monthly for cloud storage. The only difference we notice from the specs is that it doesn’t seem you can connect this smart doorbell to your wider smart home devices.

1080p HD Video

Like the Ring Video Doorbell 2 the 360 D819 features 1080p HD video quality and a 162 degree wide-angle view so you never miss a beat!

AI Facial Recognition

This feature is learnt after it sees a face over a number of times so that it can accurately detect family, friends or strangers.

Two-Way Audio

Again like the previous smart doorbell this one features two-way talk so that you can communicate with your visitors without having to open the door and even when you’re not home!

Motion Detection

A smart feature this doorbell offers is that if it suspects suspicious activity outside your door then the video shooting will be pushed to your phone so you can keep an eye on it.

Cloud Storage

What makes this device more affordable than its counterpart is that there is no need to pay a monthly subscription for the cloud as 48 hours of cloud storage is included free of charge. You can also buy an extra memory card up to 128GB to store the files on.

Price

The current asking price on Amazon for the 360 D819 is £84.95, including free delivery.

 

Keytek® Locksmiths Blog

Like our blog? Why not have a look at our others including What is a Smart Home? and The Best Smart Locks for 2020. We cover all things security in our blog, so whether you’re moving house and need some security tips, looking to update your home security or wanting safety tips over the holidays we have the blog for you!

 

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Video Doorbell 2

Could The Grinch Really Steal Christmas?

“He slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant, around the whole room and took every present!”

The Grinch is arguably one of the most iconic Christmas stories of all times, from the original Dr Seuss book to the many film adaptions, and easily shows those who can’t get into the festive spirit of the holidays. As we here at Keytek® like to give our customers insights on safety tips and tricks we’ve decided to examine if the Grinch could actually steal Christmas and how you can protect your homes against any Grinches this festive season!

 

Sliding Down the Chimney

Santa Clause is normally the only one with the power to come down the chimney and in this case any old Grinch most likely will not be able to fit down your chimney. However, they could perhaps come into your home through a door or window that isn’t secured. Surprisingly the majority of burglaries happen between 10am and 3pm in the day rather than at night, this is thought to be because people are less likely to be home during the day and therefore the house will be empty.

To make sure that your home is secure this Christmas, ensure that you close and lock all doors when you leave the house and when you go to bed in the evening to deter people from trying to forcefully gain entry to your home.

 

Stealing the Christmas tree

It is unlikely that if someone broke into your home they would steal your Christmas tree but it is rather the decorations that you put on the exterior of your home that might be at risk! Many reports every year are made to the police about stolen Christmas lights and garden decorations and unfortunately only a very small percentage are ever returned.

To help secure your outdoor Christmas decorations consider using lightweight wire or lightweight chains to attach your decorations to sturdier objects such as trees and fences. This will help to deter burglars as it would be more difficult for ill-wishers to steal, making it a less appealing target.

 

Stealing All the Presents

The Grinch notoriously took all of the Who’s presents but when his heart grew 3 sizes decided to give them back. Unfortunately this is not something that usually happens, The Huffpost reported that between 2011 and 2016 only 7% of 2 million burglaries cases had valuables returned.

It’s a great feeling at Christmas when you’ve got all the presents under the tree, all prettily packaged but this is actually something that could you vulnerable to burglars. Burglars like to be in and out during a break in, so having all your expensive items in one place makes it tempting for an ill-wisher. By keeping your presents out of sight or even hidden away till the big day, will help to reduce your chances of a break-in this Christmas!

 

Posing as Santa!

This is something that defiantly landed the Grinch on Santa’s naughty list! But he was convincing enough that he managed to fool Cindy-Lou Who that he was someone he wasn’t. This is actually a technique that some ill-wishers use to distract you and let them into your home. This isn’t as common as forced entry but is still something you should be aware of.

There are a number of factors that you can look out for to keep your home secure:

  • If someone claims to be an official, ask for ID. Anyone official will always carry and be more than happy to show you their ID. If they don’t or you are still unsure you can request that they leave and then shut the door immediately.

 

  • If someone comes knocking on your door for whatever reason and they try to invite themselves in always be cautious! If you don’t know them, it’s always best to keep them at the door or just politely shut the door instead.

 

  • Consider installing a door restrictor or chain as a means to talk to the person on the other side without fully opening the door, this will give you the power to safely examine who has come to your door without making yourself potentially vulnerable.

 

If you suspect a bogus caller you should call 999 and report it to the police.

Is Airbnb Safe?

 

Every two seconds around the world someone books a room through Airbnb! It is currently has an estimated worth of over $35 billion and has big hotel chains quaking in their boots! Unlike hotels where the property has been designed for the comfort of frequent guests, Airbnb allows hosts to list their own homes for others to stay in whilst they aren’t there. So how do you stay safe when booking and staying in an Airbnb property?

 

Safety Checks when Booking

 

1.      Read the Reviews

Reading the reviews from previous guests and how much they rated it will give you a good indication of what the property was like and whether there were any problems. Airbnb only lets previous guests write a review so although it isn’t 100% guaranteed as reviews are so individual you can probably count on them to describe their own experience true to words.

 

2.      Weather and Travel Advice Check

Do your research on your chosen destination before booking to ensure that it is safe to travel and double check again in the days and weeks leading up to your trip. It is especially important if you are travelling to somewhere where there may be strikes e.g. political strikes and somewhere where extreme weather happens frequently.

 

3.      Travel Insurance

Straight after booking take out travel insurance. Should you get injured on holiday you don’t want to be left with a sore head and an empty wallet!

 

4.      Secure Payment

When booking, always pay through Airbnb rather than paying the host directly. Airbnb have a secure payment system that has a ‘multi-layer defence strategy’. Going through Airbnb ensures you won’t be subject to scams and they are able to offer refunds in some circumstances. Airbnb states that they will never ask you to wire money across or prove credit card information so if this does happen to you, report it to Airbnb immediately and do not send and money or reveal the information.

 

Safety Checks on Arrival

 

1.      Carry out a Property Safety Check

When you arrive at your accommodation walk through the property and do a risk assessment. Make note of where all the emergency equipment is, including the fire alarms and fire extinguisher. If you can’t find something important, contact the host immediately to ensure your safety.

 

2.      Emergency Numbers

Write down the local police and hospital/ emergency room numbers and addresses.
In an emergency, most people panic and make silly mistakes. Be prepared with the numbers to hand so if the worst were to happen you save time trying to locate the correct place.

 

Airbnb Community Standards

Airbnb has set values of trust they expect their hosts and guests to follow and have established them into five standards. These are – safety, security, fairness, authenticity and reliability. You can read these more in-depth here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/trust

 

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Trick or Treat!

Witches, ghosts, aliens and vampires! They’re not the only thing you should be wary about on October 31st! Halloween can be frightening for all the wrong reasons so make sure you’re not tricked into treating, take a look at our top tips below so that you and the children have a safe spooktacular time!

 

Costumes

  1. Make sure the costumes are correctly sized to avoid tripping.
  2. Choose lighter coloured costumes or add reflective tape to make the costume more visible in the dark. Bring a torch or get some glow sticks to add even more visibility.
  3. Masks can restrict your child’s view; perhaps try opting for face paint instead so they can see clearly.
  4. Check the weather, wrap up warm and bring an umbrella to avoid coming down with a cold.

 

Trick or Treating

  1. Ensure your children stick to the pavement, cross at dedicated crossings and never step out into the road from parked cars.
  2. Trick or treat in safe and well-known areas.
  3. Young children should always be accompanied when out trick or treating.

 

Traditionally a house was open to trick or treaters if they had a pumpkin outside, with those wishing not to partake in this often posting a sign in their window or on their door.

 

jack of laterns/ pumpkins stacked for halloween

 

If you wish to take part this Halloween, you can download a welcome trick or treat sign here!

If you don’t wish to participate head over to the Neighbourhood Watch website to download their sticker!

Sweets

  1. It’s best to avoid allowing your child to eat homemade treats as you do not know the full ingredients.
  2. Check over each of the sweets for anomalies, unfortunately there have been cases in the past where parents have found needles embedded into sweets that they have gathered from trick or treating.

 

Decorations

  1. Use battery powered candles instead of having an open flame to minimise the risk.
  2. Always supervise children when pumpkin carving.
  3. Don’t put any decorations on stairs to avoid the risk of tripping.

 

Keytek® Locksmiths

Don’t forget to lock up and close your windows before you head off for a night of scaring! If you do unfortunately lose your keys give and get locked out, give us a call and we will get you back inside faster than you can say abracadabra!

Freshers’ Week Safety Tips!

 

 

Going to University is a new adventure that is both exciting and nerve racking. You leave the comfort of home to live with people you don’t know and you have to cook and clean yourself, maybe for the first time! Suddenly you are thrown into a world of independence, which is strange to most. We know that safety might not be at the forefront at your mind, but it’s an important thing to remember. Whilst you are off making memories and creating new experiences, we’ve put together some tips for you to remember to keep you safe and help you enjoy your fresher’s week!

 

  1. Explore the campus and surrounding areas

You’ve just moved in and have met the people you are going to live with for the next year; and no doubt you’ll all want to explore.  When doing so, make sure your getting a better grasp of your surroundings. Think of land marks that could help you find your way around such as large trees to help you find your way. This will really help when it gets darker and during your first couple days where you might find it more confusing to get around.

 

  1. Travel in packs

There is always safety in numbers, especially in an area you are new to. Not only will being in a group help with making new friends but you can all look out for one another whilst still having fun. Extra people who might remember the way home, a cheaper taxi fare and an increase in safety are just some of the reasons to stick to groups. We recommend travelling in groups no smaller than 3 as that way you will have 2 other people to watch your back

 

  1. Know how you can get home

Have a look at the transport options available in your new city; know where taxi ranks and bus stops might be for you to get home. Whenever you go out, whether it is on a night out or just down to the shops knowing how you could get home will always keep you safer and more alert.

A top tip for fresher’s parties is to program a taxi service number into your phone before you go out so that you don’t have to worry about trying to find a taxi or calling round. You can easily get it up on your phone and get home safely. If you know what time you will be leaving, you can always book one in advance too.

 

  1. Eat plenty and know your limits

During fresher’s week there are bound to be some events that include alcohol, we won’t preach to not drink but rather drink responsibly. Make sure to eat plenty before going to one of these events and make sure that you know your limits; try and drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink and recognise when you should stop. You wouldn’t want to ruin your night by ending up too drunk on the side of the road – especially when you’re with people you don’t know as well.

  1. Keep an eye on your drink

Pubs, clubs and events can become very crowded with many people in a small case. Remain alert and cautious with the possibility of your drink being spiked or at the very least keep an eye out to prevent your drink being swiped!

The basic things to remember with drinks on a night out are;

  • Don’t accept a drink that you haven’t seen be made
  • Don’t accept a drink from a stranger
  • When you put down your drink, it’s best not to pick it up again
  • Place a napkin or coaster over your drink to stop ‘drive by’ spiking

 

 

  1. Make sure your phone is fully charged

In this day and age, our phones can be our lifelines. No doubt you’ll be taking yours to document your night, text new friends and take great photos. The important thing to check is that your phone is fully charged and has data before going out. Potentially you will be calling a taxi, getting an address and checking in with people at the end of the night so you want to make sure you’re prepared.

 

 

  1. Student Accommodation Security

You are sharing a flat or house with people that you potentially haven’t met so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Best practise is to always lock your doors and windows when you leave your room and don’t leave any valuables in sight where people passing might see them. If you are in student halls, for safety reasons you should never let in strangers into the building; the polite thing to do would be to hold the door open for someone behind you but you don’t know who you’re letting in to the building and what intentions they might have.

With privately rented accommodation you should always check that all the locks are in working order and have been changed after the previous tenants have moved out. When you move in you should take a look around the property to make sure that all the doors, locks and windows are working and that there are no obvious wears and tears to the property.