How To Keep Your Student Accommodation Safe
Moving away from home for the first time, to new surroundings, away from your home comforts, can be daunting for some students.
However, we’ve got some top tips to make sure you have an enjoyable university experience and put your mind at ease with any concerns you may have.
It’s important to remember, our security is only as good as the people who live with you, so try following our simple safety steps to improve the level of security at your student accommodation.
1. Keep everything closed
Make sure you close and lock all windows and doors whenever you leave your accommodation, especially if you live on the ground floor or have a balcony.
This will make it more difficult for any would-be thieves.
2. Put valuables out of sight
Don’t leave any money or valuable items such as mobile phones or laptops on display when you’re not in your room/flat.
Having a clear room with valuables well hidden will reduce the likelihood of things being stolen as potential thieves will struggle to find anything of value.
3. Signage for everyone's safety
Signage also has a role to play in keeping everyone safe. For example, in the case of a fire, a lit exit sign can literally save your life.
Your landlord should make sure that this kind of safety signage is in place. It is part of their duty to you as a tenant. They should be in place already.
If they are not it is wise to politely bring it to their attention. Usually, they will be grateful that you did because without it the property you are living in will not pass the next fire safety inspection.
But, there is no reason why you as tenants should not add some safety signage of your own. For example, a mind your head sign, or something similar.
4. Keep things to yourself
To prevent anyone from being in the building and rooms that shouldn’t be, it’s important that you keep your keys and access fob/swipe card on your person at all times and don’t lend them to anyone else.
If lose your keys or fob/swipe card, you should report it to reception as soon as possible so the access can be cancelled, and a replacement can be issued.
5. Put up security signs
You might also want to add a CCTV sign. Unfortunately, student accommodation is targeted by house breakers.
They know that everyone in the house will have at least one laptop and a smartphone. Plus, each student is likely to have a TV, credit cards and identity documents, such as passports, that could easily be sold.
Fortunately, numerous studies show that thieves are put off if they think that there is CCTV, an alarm or a dog on the property. It is surprising how much of a difference spending a little on signs can make to the harmony of a shared accommodation property.
Learn more about securing student accommodation.
6. Be aware
When you’re entering and leaving your accommodation building, be aware of who is behind and around you.
Don’t allow for anyone you don’t know to follow you into the building, flat or room.
This can help stop thieves gaining access to student accommodation and their possessions.
Best of luck on settling into university life, and stay safe and secure in your new digs!