How To Protect Your Student Accommodation
Students are often a lucrative target for physical and digital crime. Equipped with high-tech computers, smartphones, and tablets, it’s little surprise that students are one of the most targeted groups for property crime, according to the ONS.
Furthermore, the nature of student living, where hundreds of different lives co-exist in varying ways, gives rise to natural safety risks.
Your university or other institution should be proactive and involved in managing this risk, and fortunately, they often are.
1. Protecting your property
Universities have a vested interest in the safety of their students; so much so, that safety rankings often feature high in the weightings given by the likes of The Times and The Guardian.
Exemplifying this trend, the University of Stirling had an open day in which they discussed and advertised the ways in which universities aim to look after property.
When you’re looking at a prospective university, security experts DSC Security advise that you assess the following questions:
- does the institution's systems encompass all aspects of safety, including protection, fire, and alarms?
- what avenues of redress do you have, and what alert systems are in place?
2. Fire protection
While devastating for those involved, the Bolton University student accommodation fire provided a perfect example of systems in place working, as nobody was harmed.
As well as protecting your property from theft, your university should have the absolute best protections available to ensure that you are protected from accidental damage, too.
Look for integrated fire alarms within student accommodation and university buildings, and ensure that proper fire escape plans are in place.
With tech like Blackboard often utilised by universities, this is a great opportunity for key emergency info to be spread digitally – look to see if your choices can offer that.
3. Digital security
Universities and students are seen as easy targets for cyber criminals, with the former being targeted by up to 35 cyber attacks a day, according to JISC.
When most of your work is routed through student accommodation or the library, you’ll be using university networks.
Many universities deploy their computer science departments to create and deploy state-of-the-art security; as a result, you can feel secure. Just make sure that you follow common digital ‘hygiene’ rules and ensure your university has protections in place.
Life as a student can often be tumultuous as criminals seek to make money from the situation many find themselves in.
As centres of academia, universities are frequently charged with making it as difficult as it can be for malicious bodies. Do your research before hopping in to university life, but keep your expectations high – universities really do care.