Away-from-home: Security for Students!

Stay Secure whilst you’re Studying away from Home

Whether you are starting your first year at university or returning for another year of hard work and studying it is important to ensure that you take all the necessary precautions to stay secure in your new accommodation. This may be the first time you have lived away from your home, or have lived in a shared house/flat.

Starting or just returning to university can be an exciting time for anyone and it is not unusual for important tasks to get overlooked especially when it comes to being secure in your new accommodation.

Student accommodation/halls are often an easy target for a burglar as there will be a large number of electronic goods such as smart phones, games consoles, tablets and laptops located in one place.


Tips to stay secure whilst you’re studying

Leaving home to study can be both a stressful and an exciting time for anyone. The last thing on your mind would probably be the security of your new student house and ensuring that the valuables you bring with you are safe and secure.

For you and your parent’s peace of mind it is definitely worth evaluating the security of your new accommodation and taking any necessary precautions to protect you and your fellow housemates from a break-in.

Follow these simple steps to help you stay secure during your time at university:

  • Check the lock on your front door and bedroom door when moving in.
  • If you notice the lock is faulty alert campus staff or your landlord immediately so that it can be replaced as soon as possible. Ensure a lock that adheres to any home insurance policies is used as failure to do so could run the risk of invalidating yours or your landlord’s policy.
  • Always lock your doors and windows even if you are just popping out.
  • Ask your parents to check whether their home insurance policy covers student contents.
  • Mark any valuables you take to University with you such as laptops, tablets or TVs with a UV pen.

This will help to make recovery easier if the worse did happen. Some universities operate a property registration or ultra-violet marking scheme.

  • Keep all valuables out of sight of any doors or windows to ensure they can’t be seen by any passersby.
  • Don’t leave any spare keys under a door mat or flower pot. By leaving a spare key in an easily discovered hiding place you can run the risk of leaving your student accommodation vulnerable to a break-in. Did you know that over 20% of Britons still leave their set of keys hidden in the garden despite it being a high security risk?
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