Students are one of the highest at-risk groups of crime in the country, often targeted for high value laptops, TVs, and entertainment equipment which are frequently left in plain view and unsecured against intruders.
Safety and security should be top of the agenda for students when they move into a new property. By carrying out some simple measures to maintain a safe and secure property, will put everyone’s minds at ease.
Security Advice and Tips for students in halls of residence:
- Request information on the locking systems and how key duplication is regulated, recorded and controlled.
- Consider taking full details of any valuables and for electronic items, make a note of the serial number and consider ‘identity marking’ them
- Be aware also of any ‘tailgating’ where people can enter a front door with or immediately after you.
Security advice for students in private rented accommodation:
- Ensure good quality locks are on both the main door to the property and the bedroom door.
- Walk around the exterior of the property making sure to note any areas of potential weakness and discuss any issues with a landlord
- Inspect doors and windows to make sure appropriate locks are fitted, are in good condition and meet insurance requirements. They can ask a vetted MLA locksmith for advice if they are unsure.
- Be sure to keep valuable items out of sight, away from doors or windows, and remember to lock rooms whenever they’re not in.
- Avoid the temptation to hide a key under the doormat or flower pot, criminals are very aware of the method, particularly in student areas and will often check in the first instance, giving them unrestricted access to students’ property and possessions.
- Ensure the property is in line with Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) regulations which apply to homes with at least three tenants who share the toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities.
- It’s tempting to leave doors open when relaxing in the sun and friends are going in and out of the property – and it’s all too easy for a thief to take advantage of the situation. A large proportion of student theft is down to ‘walk in’; gaining access through open doors so students should be vigilant and not forget that simply closing a door doesn’t necessarily mean it’s locked!
- If a room or shared house is going to be left unoccupied for a number of weeks, students should make sure that all valuables are either removed from the property or taken out of view. If they have a trusted family member or friend who can check on the property whilst they’re away, leave a key with them
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