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Student Accommodation Security – It’s Your Stuff, So Look After It!

Student Accommodation Security – It’s Your Stuff, So Look After It!

With so many seemingly more important things to think about, it’s natural for most students to somewhat overlook the importance of home security. Those moving into student accommodation for London University of Arts for example would be forgiven for thinking that safety and security were boxes to be ticked by the property owner, as opposed to the tenant therein. In reality however, it’s something of a shared responsibility as while landlords are legally required to ensure their properties are at leastin decent condition, there’s absolutely no law legislation when it comes to additional security measures.

Statistically speaking, the likelihood of running into any kind of trouble as a student is rather on the low side to say the least. Nevertheless, the only way of reducing this risk to zero (or thereabouts) is to be proactive when it comes to security, rather than simply taking things for granted. Fortunately, it’s not particularly difficult to keep tabs on home security as a student – it’s simply a case of ticking the following boxes:

1 – Check All Locks

Before moving into the building and on a periodic basis thereafter, it’s important to take the time to fully check every important door lock. These should include the main door to the building itself and any interior doors with locks – your private bedroom, for example. The simple fact of the matter is that no lock lasts forever and what seems like a very minor problem to you could be just the kind of security lapse criminals won’t waste a second in exploiting.

2 – Structural Security (Windows etc.)

Something else to bear in mind is that in the overwhelming majority of instances, criminals gain access to buildings illegally through windows, rather than doors. This is why at the same time as checking the general structural security of the building itself, it’s a good idea to take into account the windows, their positions and whether or not they are adequately secure. These days, windows that do not feature robust and reliable locks are absolutely unacceptable.

3 – Building Entry Systems

In the case of shared accommodation, it’s important not to simply take for granted the building’s primary entry system. Some buildings will feature manned desks with 24-hour security, with others it’s a case of key-code entry, some use keycards and so on. In any and all such instances, it’s a case of taking the time to evaluate exactly how effective the building’s entry system is, in order to factor this into your decision-making process.

4 – Out of Sight, Out of Mind

When it comes to your room itself, try to remember that the harder you make it for intruders to find your valuables, the less likely they are to get away with them. Most burglaries happen in an incredibly short period of time, with criminals knowing they basically only have a matter of minutes or seconds to get out without being detected. As such, it really isn’t a good idea to leave your most valuable bits and pieces out in the open for the taking.

5 – Limit the Luxuries

Speaking of your most valuable bits and pieces, you might want to consider leaving at least some of them at home. As is always the rule of thumb when heading somewhere on a temporary basis, it’s not necessarily a good idea to take along a whole world of possessions of incredible value and importance. If you can live without them for the time being, you might want to think about doing so, thus completely eliminating the chance of any of them going missing.

6 – Hidden Keys

A quick reminder but perhaps the most important of all – hiding keys anywhere whatsoever is a bit like handing them directly to the burglar. Like it or not, you simply are not smart or cunning enough to outsmart those who basically make a living at your expense. Even in the case of the most creative hiding place you can think of, it’s one they’ve no doubt come across a thousand times already.

7 – Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol always has been and always will be the worst enemy of the student, when it comes to safety and security in general. It takes only a momentary lapse of common sense and judgment to leave yourself, your room and your property wide open to opportunists. Of course this isn’t the only reason to approach alcohol with caution, but it’s a pretty good one to say the least.

8 – Insurance

Last up, one of the very best ways of covering yourself against all eventualities is to do exactly that…with a rock solid insurance policy. Try to remember that there’s a very big difference between taking out a £5 monthly premium and a £45 all-inclusive policy – the former of the two quite possibly not being worth the paper it’s printed on. When taking out insurance, be sure to take as much time as necessary to read into exactly what it covers, what it doesn’t cover and the kinds of circumstances/events omitted from its coverage.