Everyone wants to leave safe in their home, even if it's student digs, so here's what you can do.
We recently put together a handy visual for students on how to keep their accommodation safe this Christmas, with some helpful advice from the National Police Chief’s Council.
Now, it’s time to delve a little deeper into our top 5 tips to keeping student accommodation burglar-proof:
1. Make it look lived in
To make potential intruders think you’re home when you’re not, you could consider purchasing a light timer switch, such as this police-approved one from Maplin, to deter unwelcome guests from entering your property.
Timer switches can either be plugged in or attached to a light fitting and are a cheap and effective deterrent when used correctly. Because they’re not permanently secured to any appliance, you can always take them to your next property, too.
2. Take valuable items home with you
Firstly, this will eliminate any chances of treasured items being showcased to prospective burglars. Secondly, should the worst happen and your property is broken into while you’re away, this will reduce what the criminals are able to get their hands on.
If there are valuable items you know you won’t be taking home with you, make sure you store them out of sight, in a secure location, so that they aren’t visible to passers-by.
3. Don’t publicise your vacant property online
You might think you’re only sharing your plans with your friends on social media sites, but that’s not necessarily the case. There’s no way of knowing who is peeking at your social profiles, and using the information you post against you. To avoid this, it’s best to avoid posting anything online that could hint that your accommodation is being left vacant for an extended period of time.
4. Triple check doors and windows
It’s better to be safe than sorry and accidents can happen, so always triple check that all of your doors and windows are securely locked. If you have an alarm, be sure to make use of it and check that it’s in working order before you leave.
5. Set up a student area watch
It’s said that almost 70% of student accommodation is left vacant during the holidays. Ask around to find people that aren’t planning on going back home – your fellow students could keep an eye on your property for you too.
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