Often living on your own for the first time and away from the safety net of your family, with all the excitement of a new adventure, means that security within student accommodation is often over looked.
It will come as no surprise that students are one of the most at risk groups when it comes to being a target of burglary. They often find themselves in new accommodation, sharing with strangers and with little or no knowledge who has held keys to their property prior to their arrival. In addition to a general lack of security, they are a prime targets for thieves, as they tend to bring an abundance of expensive technology, such as laptops, TVs and entertainment systems to their new homes.
As a student what steps can you take to ensure your home is as secure as it can be?
- Keep valuables out of sight and consider installing a safe within the property (with your landlords permission)
- Make sure that keys are not left under flowerpots, rocks or mats. It is the first place where opportunist burglars will check, for easy access to the property.
- Remain vigilant and ensure all windows and doors are shut and locked when the property is not occupied.
- Don’t give your keys out to others who may take duplicate copies.
- Try and ensure someone is at home when access is required to the property for maintenance etc.
As a parent, how can you gain some reassurance that your son or daughter’s property is safe from intruders?
- Question the locking system. With a steady flow of different residents and workman gaining access to student properties, it can be hard to keep track of all sets of keys. In addition, it is impossible to know how many times those keys have been lost, duplicated or handed to thirds parties. Request information from the landlord as to when the locks were last changed, or to view their records for key keepers. If you are not happy with your findings, request the locks are updated by a local locksmith.
- Take the details including the serial numbers of laptops and other electronic items, should the worst happen
- Ensure all of your children’s valuable items are adequately insured.
- Check that good quality locks are installed on the main entrance, windows and any private areas such as the bedroom door.
- Don’t be afraid to discuss any security issues or worries you have with the landlord.