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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Staying Safe at Pride Events

 

In the UK June is Pride month. There will be lots of activities going on not just in London but all around the country. These events are usually fun filled and a great way to spend a day. However going to an event where 1000s of people will be attending always has its risks. Read our tips below to make sure you can make the most out of a Pride event and keep yourself safe.

  • Go and stick with a group you know and trust.

Events like this are always more fun in groups, so if you and your friends plan on going STICK TOGETHER. With potentially thousands of people piling into the same area it’s easy to get separated. It’s a good idea to discuss a pre-arranged meeting spot that you can go to if you do get lost. ‘Under the Pride flag’ is not a specific enough place. Pick somewhere memorable and stationary.

If this is your first Pride event then it advisable to go with people you know well and trust, friends you’ve known for years are more likely to look for you if you get lost.

  • Tell someone where you will be.

Yes, even if you are a fully-fledged adult, tell someone where you are going. If you are under 18 then, you might tell your parents or an adult that you trust. Try and check in with them, a text here and there just to let them know what you’re up to. It’s advisable to arrange a time that you will call them, maybe after the parade. This is to ensure that if you do get into trouble someone is aware of roughly where you are.

On a side note, make sure your phone as sufficient battery, so you can use it in an emergency.

 

  • Know your limits.

We cannot preach that you shouldn’t drink at these events, but we can preach to know your limits. The safety aspect of holding on to your faculties are obvious, the majority of Pride festivals are held outside, so being paralytic on a road is just asking for trouble. You are also surrounded by people you don’t know, your friends might look after you if are drunk, but at any large event there is always a risk that someone could take advantage of your venerable state. Also you don’t want to miss out on all the activities at Pride because you have to be taken home.

 

  • Be careful with your money.

Unfortunately, at events like these, there are bound to be pick pockets. Try and take a suitable bag and secure any belongings. Cash and cards should be concealed in any compartments that your bag might have. It is always a good idea to keep some money separate from the rest, just in case you are the victim of a pick pocket or lose your wallet or purse.

 

  • Plan how you are getting home.

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t drink and drive. But you need to be prepared on how you will get yourself home. If you know what time you will be ready to leave, book a taxi and make sure you have the money for it. If you are getting the train, be sure to know what time the last one is so you don’t get stranded. It doesn’t matter if you are getting a taxi, catching the train, getting the bus or walking; make sure you include a friend. There is safety in numbers and doesn’t matter what your gender is. Pride events can attract certain people who will want to cause trouble with anyone who has been involved in the festivities, so stick with a buddy.

 

  • Plan for the weather.

It’s England in June, so the weather could literally be anything, so plan for any eventuality. If it’s looking like a sunny day then make sure you pack and wear sun cream. Also try and take some water, as it’s easy to become dehydrated when it’s sunny and you’re moving around a lot. On the other hand, if it looks like a wet and cold day, make sure you wear appropriate clothing. You may have planned out the perfect outfit and accessories, but you’re going to regret your outfit choice if it hails and you’re in summer gear!

 

  • Think about your feet.

If the weather is hot it may be tempting to wear flip flops all day, but that might not be the best option. Putting aside the hygienic issues that come with having almost bare feet on any city pavement, there is a safety issue as well. There could be broken glass on the floor that could cut you, and with thousands of people all taking part or walking in a parade, you could break some toes getting stood on. If you are going to be on your feet all day then try and wear footwear that is supportive and comfortable.  You don’t want your day and night ruined by blisters and painful toes.

 

We hope you enjoy any Pride event you go to this month, but just remember to keep yourself safe.

http://www.teensource.org/blog/2011/06/25-pride-week-dos-and-donts

 

Glastonbury increase festival security

Following the recent tragic events in London and Manchester, Glastonbury 2017 has massively increased their security. Festival goers will notice a few major changes, including thorough security checks and the placement of shuttle buses to help those affected to cope with large crowds.

For security reasons, festival goers will all be subjected to multiple searches of their bags and vehicles.  As a result, entrances will be considerably slower and there will be an increased number of queues, for this reason ticket holders are asked to pack light so searches will be quicker. Festival staff has advised all festival goers to put luggage tags on all bags and to prevent wrapping belongings in plastic wrap, in order to provide easy access during searches.

All measures taken this year are necessary for maximising public safety and security, with staff at Glastonbury working closely with the authorities. Festival goers are asked to play their part by packing lightly, planning their journey and cooperating with staff.  We hope everyone with a ticket enjoys themselves!

Sources:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/glastonbury-2017-7-changes-security-10569175

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/important-information-for-glastonbury-2017-ticket-holders/

Stay Secure at a Festival This Summer!

Stay secure at a festival this summer with our guide to festival security.

 

Did you know that one in seven festival goers have been a victim of theft at a festival?

As figures suggest, the risk of crime at a festival is relatively high and can be considerably costly for those who attend, with it being reported that an estimated £190,000 worth of possessions were stolen at seven of the UK’s biggest festivals.

  1. Take only the essentials

Try to take only the essentials to a festival. The fewer valuables you take the least likely are you to be a victim of theft.

  1. Register any valuables

If you do decide to take any valuables with you such as a smart phone or tablet make sure you register them so if the worse did happen it will help to make recovery easier. You can register any valuables for free by visiting www.immobilise.com

  1. Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle

By leaving any valuables in your car you could be leaving yourself vulnerable to being a victim of theft as your car will be unattended for long periods of time whilst you enjoy the festival.

  1. Remove any suction marks from your windscreen

If you have used a sat nav to find the festival’s venue make sure you remove any suction marks from your windscreen as failure to do so could alert a thief that there may be valuables such as a sat nav stored inside your vehicle.

  1. Don’t bring large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, watches or costume jewellery that appears to be of value.

  1. Use a site locker to store anything of value

If you do decide to bring any valuables to a festival don’t leave them in your tent or car instead use the site lockers to store them. These can usually be booked in advance and are open 24 hours a day.

  1. Mark any valuables

Any valuables you do take to a festival should be marked with your details using a UV pen.

  1. Extend your home insurance to include personal belongings

Home insurance provider Aviva advise extending your home and contents insurance to include personal belongings cover otherwise you may end up facing a bill of replacing lost or stolen items.

Keytek® Get Ready to Launch New Home Security Shop

If upgrading your home security is on your agenda this summer or your thinking of protecting something special, then checking in with Keytek® should be at the top of your list.

The Keytek® brand is expanding, and exciting times are approaching for us all here at Keytek®, as the final touches are added to our very first online shop. It’s not far from launch day and after weeks of sorting through picking and discarding products; we are all pleased to let you know that in the next few weeks our shop will be open for business. Keytekshop will be supplying you with lots of high quality additions for your home security, from some of the best brands in security – just in time for summer!

Home safes, cash boxes, and additional home security options are some of the many things we’ve included in our product line from top brands like Yale and Master lock. So if you’re in need of a little upgrade on your home security or would like to protect something valuable Keytek® shop is the perfect place to find it. You can also expect to see lots of additional benefits from us to make you’re shopping as care free as possible like our online chat support, return policy and after sales service, along with a low price guarantee.

To kick it all off we’ve got lots of amazing discounts, giveaways and promotions ready for our launch! But we can’t give too much way too soon, so keep posted on our social media for all our updates on the countdown to open day. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on the launch and special offers for email subscribers!

The Festival Goer’s Guide to Security

The Festival Goer’s Guide to Security

 

Over the years festivals have increased in popularity, when Glastonbury first opened in 1970 just 1,500 people attended and in more recent years there are around 150,000 people attending Glastonbury each year. According to the Female First festival goers will spend more than £1,600 a year attending summer music events. On average festival goers will spend an average of £450.18 on tickets and an estimated £203.97 whilst at the music festival on food and drink.

 

With the popularity of festivals increasing over the years this has also seen an increase in the risk of crimes such as theft…

According to the Telegraph one in seven festival goers have been a victim of theft, summer 2010 saw an estimated £190,000 worth of possessions stolen from UK festival goers with a reported 945 reported incidents at seven of the UK’s biggest festivals. The average unattended tent will contain valuables such mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, designer clothing and shoes which total an average of £928.

Here are some tips and advice about keeping your valuables safe and secure at a festival…

 

  • Try to take only the essentials with you! The fewer valuables you bring the less likely you are to be a victim of theft.
  • If you do decide to bring any expensive items register them for free, then if it is stolen and recovered it can be returned. Visit www.immobilise.com to register your property.
  • Do not leave any valuables in your car.
  • If you have used a sat nav remove any suction marks on the windscreen.
  • Don’t bring large amounts of money/expensive jewelry, watches, neck chains etc. or any costume jewelry that appears to be of value.
  • If you do bring valuables don’t leave them in your tent or car – put them in the on-site lockers. These can usually be booked in advance and are open 24 hours a day.
  • Mark any valuables with your details. You can do this with a UV pen.
  • Insurance provider Aviva advise extending your home and contents insurance to include personal belongings cover otherwise you may end up facing a bill of replacing lost or stolen items.

For more comprehensive security tips visit our dedicated security tips page.