Home Security – when you move in…
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Student properties are a prime target for burglars because of the multiple numbers of electronic equipment like laptops, MP3 players etc…
Keep your keys safe – don’t leave them under a mat or dangling through your letterbox – this is the first thing a burglar will check.
Don’t make it easy for them. Try and disguise the fact that your house is a student house – don’t put posters or your collection of beer bottles in the window.
Always make a habit of locking the door, even if you are at home – most burglars are opportunists and check doors by turning the handle, it can take less than 30 seconds for a thief to get away with whatever is close at hand such as laptops, mobile phones or even your trainers.
Make sure you lock your windows – especially on the ground floor. One third of burglars get in through an open window or door. Don’t leave your valuables such as laptops on display.
PVC Doors need to be locked with a key before you leave – they don’t automatically lock shut
If your front/back door is made of wood, then ideally it should have a mortise lock – but your landlord is not obliged to provide them.
Make sure you lock your windows – especially on the ground floor. One third of burglars get in through an open window or door
Make a note of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items to help police track them down if they are stolen. It’s also a good idea to mark them with your student number using a UV pen. Check out www.immobilise.com where you can register your property for free, if your stuff is stolen, the company will help you to retrieve it
- Bogus Callers – Not all thieves break into homes – some will try to talk their way in and steal your property whilst you are distracted. Quite often, bogus callers will claim to be on official business for large Utilities companies (gas, water, electricity or phone) or even the Council. They may also pose as tradesmen or workmen carrying out emergency repairs. This list is not exhaustive so question why anyone needs access to your house if not by appointment.
- Ask callers for proof of identity – genuine tradesmen should carry an ID card with a photograph. Check the card carefully before admitting the caller to your house – a genuine caller will not mind waiting if you want to ring his company for verification.
- If you are unsure of a caller’s identity – DON’T LET THEM IN. Ask the caller to come back at a later time with proof of identity and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.
- If suspicious – make a note of their description and report the incident to the police.
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