Burglary Prevention

Keeping your Property Safe

Fortunately, very few of our students become victims of crime but it is important to know what you should do if, for example, you have something stolen. The majority of burglars are opportunists who gain entry into your home through an open door or window. Keep your valuables out of sight and be cautious of what you post on social media – a burglar will use whatever information that they have to determine who to target.

It’s important to remember that most student accommodation is empty during the holidays making it the perfect time for criminals to strike, so making sure you are safe and secure whilst on and off campus couldn’t be more important. The best advice is to take preventative measures to minimise the chances of becoming a victim.

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the property, even when you’re just popping out for a few minutes. Remember to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox – a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox.
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows and out of reach from would-be thieves.
  • Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you’re away for a few days
  • Keep doors to corridors locked and don’t wedge them open. Prevent access to uninvited guests.

For more tips, download the U-SAFE booklet.

Gadget Safety Advice

Laptops, tablet computers and mobile phones are must-have items for criminals. It’s not just the hardware that appeals to them. Chances are, your devices will be full of contact details of your friends and personal data about you. At the very least, you should use a password!

Be sensible with your gadgets and keep them safe and secure:

  • Register your belongings on Immobilise, and ensure they’re covered by your contents insurance.
  • For smartphones and tablet computers, consider installing apps that will track them if they are stolen, and allow you to delete data and cause an alarm sound remotely.
  • Carry your laptop around only when you have to. Keep it hidden out of sight securely in your bag.
  • If you take your laptop somewhere to study, do not leave it unattended.
  • Be sensible when using your mobile in public- don’t have it on show unnecessarily.
  • Keep a record of your phone’s IMEI number, which is a unique code usually found behind your phone battery. If your phone does get stolen, be sure to cancel it with your network provider. This will block the SIM card.