Keeping your student house safe this Easter

Keeping your student house safe can be one of the most stressful parts of preparing to go home for Easter or even the weekend.

There are some small things you can do to increase safety (that don’t require you taking all your belongings with you!).

Know the risk:

In private homes the risk of burglary is two times higher – and in a student area, this is can be a big issue. We’ll ensure the property has good locks, with secure windows which we’ll show you on a property viewing.

Keys:

It’s a bit of a cliché to have a spare key hidden under a loose rock in the garden, but there are people who do it! This is a terrible idea, as it’s quite an obvious place for a key. Always keep keys (house, car etc) out of sight of windows as some thieves won’t think twice about breaking a window to grab them.

Insurance:

Getting insurance is quite a good way to secure yourself against the unfortunate act that is a burglary. As the average student burglary costs around £900 paying £10-20 per month on insurance really doesn’t seem that bad!

Deadlocks:

Fantastic things as you need a key to open deadlocks from the inside and outside. If you have them – use them. You can get some at a locksmiths, but check with your landlord first!

Safety first:

If you do see any signs of a break in (smashed windows, open doors) don’t enter the house. Go to a neighbours, local café etc and call 999.

Useful contacts:

Police, Fire, or Ambulance: 999

Crime Stoppers: 0800 555 111

Rape Crisis: 0808 802 9999

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90

NHS Direct: 111

As always, if you need any advice on staying safe in your student house, just pop in for a chat!<