Whether you live in halls of residence or private, rented or shared accommodation, you can create some good habits to keep your home and belongings safe.
- When in halls of residence, or within the University, do not allow people to follow you into secured areas.
- If you see anyone suspicious call the Police or Security. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Keep your valuables out of sight and secure; remove the temptation to steal from you.
- Remember: never leave your room unlocked when leaving your accommodation.
- During warmer periods, do not leave windows open when your accommodation is unattended - burglars do climb.
- Ensure side gates and outbuildings are secured with adequate locks.
- When your lights are on, close the curtains. Looking from a dark exterior into a light interior is like a shop window for burglars. They can see who is in and what items are on offer.
- Don't leave climbing aids such as ladders or wheelie bins where a criminal could then use them to get into your property.
- Do not leave your keys or valuables near doors or windows. Thieves use rods through letter boxes or reach through windows to steal items without having to break in.