Tuesday, March 27, 2018
If you are just starting out your university experience and are a fresher, you are likely to be living in halls of residence. Generally, university halls are regarded as having excellent security measures in place, because the university has a duty of care. However, upon moving in, you should ensure the locks are all in good working order and that you take the time to familiarise yourself with them. If you find any problems with the locks, doors or windows, you should report this immediately. On moving in day, remember to take extra care not to leave the room unattended as you unpack your personal belongings.
In addition to this, ensure that you close and lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house/flat. It is particularly important to do so if you live in a ground floor flat; they are the easiest for burglars to target. It is also a good idea to always lock your door/windows whilst you are out as other tenants may invite people to the house who you are not familiar with. Familiarise yourself with campus security telephone numbers and take up any advice the university offer. This way, if you are to experience a security issue during the year, you know straight away who to contact.
When living in a rented student house, it can feel more difficult to ensure maximum security. This is because you will either be having to liaise with a letting agency or a private landlord. However, you should run the same security checks and guidelines as we have suggested for living in halls of residence. In addition to this however, where possible, view the house before moving in to ensure the security is of a good standard before you’re due to arrive. If the security of the house is not up to standard, you should contact your agent or landlord at the first possible opportunity. The property should be in line with HMO regulations.
Make sure the locks comply with home insurance policies. Once you have moved in, you should agree security rules with other tenants so that everyone feels comfortable. Moreover, in a student house there are likely to be periods of time where the house is completely vacant, such as over the Christmas holidays. Burglars will be aware of this and will use this opportunity to target your property. You should therefore take the time to hide valuable possessions out of sight, thus not making yourself an obvious target.